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FULL SYNOPSIS

This Marion Davies vehicle was loosely inspired by the career of Gloria Swanson. Davies plays would-be starlet Peggy Pepper, who arrives at the gates of MGM Studios with her dad Colonel Pepper (Dell Henderson) in hopes of becoming a great dramatic actress. Instead, she a scores a hit as an ingenue in the slapstick comedies starring the effervescent Billy Boone (William Haines). As the audience rocks with laughter during the preview of Peggy's first film (no one is more enthusiastic than her director Harry Gribbon), she sits in sullen silence, insisting to Billy that some day she'll invoke tears instead of laughter. This doesn't seem likely, inasmuch as Peggy can't even cry on cue (her director is forced to peel onions outside of camera range to achieve the desired emotion), but the tenacious young actress finally manages to win favor in dramatic roles. Inevitably, this causes a strain on her budding romance with Billy, and the couple slowly drifts apart. Now the unchallenged Queen of the Cinema, Peggy -- billing herself as Patricia Pepoire -- prepares to marry her oily leading man Andre (Paul Ralli), but mischievous Billy disrupts her fancy wedding. She angrily tosses Billy out of the house, realizing only when it's too late that she's still in love with him. But in the final scene, the hero and heroine are accidentally reunited on the set of a WWI picture directed by King Vidor (who also directed Show People). Two versions of Show People are currently available for TV; the "stretch-framed" Kevin Brownlow-David Gill restoration, with a new orchestral score by Carl Davis, and the original MGM release version, outfitted with a lively music and sound-effects track. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 11, 1928

Cast

Marion Davies
as Peggy Pepper
William Haines
as Billy Boone
Dell Henderson
as Col. Pepper
Paul Ralli
as Andre Telefair
Tenen Holtz
as Casting director
Harry Gribbon
as Comedy director
Sidney Bracey
as Dramatic director
Polly Moran
as Maid
Renée Adorée
as Herself
George K. Arthur
as Himself
Charles Chaplin
as Himself
Karl Dane
as Himself
Douglas Fairbanks
as Himself
John Gilbert
as Himself
Leatrice Joy
Rod La Rocque
Aileen Pringle
as Herself
Dorothy Sebastian
as Herself
Norma Talmadge
as Herself
Estelle Taylor
as Herself
Claire Windsor
as Herself
Albert Conti
as Producer
Lew Cody
as Special guest appearance
William S. Hart
as Special guest appearance
Mae Murray
as Special guest appearance
Louella Parsons
as Special guest appearance
King Vidor
as Special guest appearance
Claire Windsor
as Herself
Charles Chaplin
as Himself
Louella Parsons
as Special guest appearance
Douglas Fairbanks
as Himself
John Gilbert
as Himself
George K. Arthur
as Himself
Lew Cody
as Special guest appearance
Dorothy Sebastian
as Herself
Estelle Taylor
as Herself
Karl Dane
as Himself
Norma Talmadge
as Herself
Mae Murray
as Special guest appearance
Albert Conti
as Producer
William S. Hart
as Special guest appearance
Aileen Pringle
as Herself
Renée Adorée
as Herself

Crew

King Vidor
Director
Marion Davies
Producer
Wanda Tuchock
Screenwriter
Laurence Stallings
Screenwriter
Dr. William Axt
Songwriter
Hugh Wynn
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Set Designer
Ralph Spence
Intertitle Writer
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