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Basically a filmed vaudeville presentation, The Show of Shows was Warner Bros.' entry in the "all star, all talking, all singing and all dancing" sweepstakes of 1929. Though slightly better than MGM's , the Warners entry pales in comparison to and , due mainly to the film's master of ceremonies, the insufferable Frank Fay. Some of the individual acts seen in Show of Shows were pretty good, notably Winnie Lightner's delightful Singing in the Bathtub (a spoof of 's Singin' in the Rain) and John Barrymore's brilliant rendition of Richard III's soliloquy from Shakespeare's John Barrymore. Also easy to take was "Floradora Sextette," featuring such luminaries as Myrna Loy, Patsy Ruth Miller and cross-eyed comedian Ben Turpin, and "Eight Sister Acts," including such Hollywood siblings as Dolores and Helene Costello, Sally Blane and Loretta Young and Shirley Mason and Viola Dana (also teamed in this number are Ann Sothern and Marion Byron, who were not sisters). But for the most part, the acts are on a par with "Skull and Crossbones," a boring production number showcasing entertainer Ted Lewis, and "Recitations," a one-joke affair in which three different anecdotes (related by Frank Fay, Louis Fazenda, Lloyd Hamilton and Bea Lillie) are melded into one. Show of Shows was originally released in two-color Technicolor but now exists only in black in white, save for the "Chinese Fantasy" number featuring crooner Nick Lucas and Warner Bros. contractee Myrna Loy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Noah Beery, Sr.
Sally Blane
as Sister Act #6
Dolores Costello
as Sister Act #1
Helene Costello
as Sister Act #1
Viola Dana
as Sister Act #8
Beatrice Lillie
Shirley Mason
as Sister Act #8
Sally O'Neil
as Sister Act #2
Ann Sothern
as Sister Act #7
Alberta Vaughn
as Sister Act #5
H.B. Warner
Loretta Young
as Sister Act #6
Johnny Arthur
Mary Astor
John Barrymore
as Guest
Richard Barthelmess
as Guest
Monte Blue
Irene Bordoni
Hobart Bosworth
Jack Buchanan
Chester Conklin
as 'Bicycle Built for Two' sequence
Hans Conried
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
as Guest
Louise Fazenda
Lila Lee
Myrna Loy
as Guest
Tully Marshall
Patsy Ruth Miller
Lee Moran
Frank Morgan
Chester Morris
Marian Nixon
Ben Turpin
Alice White
Lois Wilson
as 'Bicycle Built for Two' sequence
Grant Withers
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
as Guest
Dolores Costello
as Sister Act #1
Loretta Young
as Sister Act #6
Lois Wilson
as 'Bicycle Built for Two' sequence
John Barrymore
as Guest
Sally Blane
as Sister Act #6
Helene Costello
as Sister Act #1
Myrna Loy
as Guest
Chester Conklin
as 'Bicycle Built for Two' sequence
Richard Barthelmess
as Guest
Alberta Vaughn
as Sister Act #5
Viola Dana
as Sister Act #8
Shirley Mason
as Sister Act #8
Sally O'Neil
as Sister Act #2
Ann Sothern
as Sister Act #7

Crew

Herb Magidson
Songwriter
Herman Ruby
Songwriter
Ray Perkins
Songwriter
Ned Washington
Songwriter
Edward Ward
Songwriter
Max Parker
Set Designer
Larry Ceballos
Choreography
Jack Haskell
Choreography
Louis Silvers
Conductor
Darryl F. Zanuck
Production Supervisor
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