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This early talkie antique is a backstage musical from Warner Bros. The plot involves the out-of-town tryout of a new musical comedy, and the people who perform therein: a bitchy leading lady (Betty Compson), an arrogant comedy lead (Joe E. Brown), and a starstruck chorus kid (Sally O'Neil). At the very last moment, the leading lady refuses to go on, forcing the producer to put the chorus girl in her place. It turns out that the star's seemingly rotten behavior was deliberately designed to give the chorine her big break. In between several Technicolor musical numbers (now only existing in black-and-white), we hear a lot of pedantic talk about "the show business." On with the Show's sole virtue is the exquisite Ethel Waters, who introduces her hit song "Am I Blue?" ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Betty Compson
as Nita French
Louise Fazenda
as Sarah
Sally O'Neil
as Kitty
Joe E. Brown
as Ike Beaton
Purnell Pratt
as Sam Bloom
William Bakewell
as Jimmy
Wheeler Oakman
as Bob Wallace
Lee Moran
as Pete
Harry Gribbon
as Joe
Arthur Lake
as Harold Astor
Otto Hoffman
as Bert
Ethel Waters
as Herself
Sam Hardy
as Jerry

Crew

Alan Crosland
Director
Darryl F. Zanuck
Producer
Robert Lord
Screenwriter
Tony Gaudio
Cinematographer
Harry Akst
Composer (Music Score)
Louis Silvers
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Killifer
Editor
Larry Ceballos
Choreography
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