Hollywood and Vine (April 25, 1945)
Released on April 25, 1945: A girl headed for Hollywood in search of fame discovers that all the good movie parts are going to the dogs.
Produced by Leon Fromkess
Directed by Alexis Thurn-Taxis
Written by Charles Williams, Robert Wohlmuth and Edith Watkins
The Actors: James Ellison (Larry Winters), Wanda McKay (Martha Manning), Franklin Pangborn (Reggie, soda jerk), Ralph Morgan (B.B. Lavish / Richard Lavish ), June Clyde (Gloria Devine), Leon Belasco (Cedric Oscar Borris, director), Karin Vengay (Ann Mason), Emmett Lynn (Mortimer M. 'Pops' Barkley), Matty Fain (Turk), Robert Greig (Jenkins), Vera-Lewis (Fanny), Charles Williams (Chick Jones), Michael Romanoff (Prince Romanoff, owner of Romanoff), William 'Billy' Benedict (Joe, newsboy), Lillian Bronson (Abigail Wrighthouse), Roy Bucko (cowboy playing cards), Lou Crocker (doctor), John Elliott (judge), Claire James (secretary), Charles Jordan (Charles Jordan), Donald Kerr (assistant director), Charles Middleton (Wilson, Abigail's lawyer), Jack Raymond (studio gateman), Cyril Ring (defense attorney Richard Hudson), Dewey Robinson (banana surprise customer), Hal Taggart (casting director), Ray Whitley (Tex), Matt Willis (set crew member)
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Hollywood and Vine, Where the Stars Dine and Wine
In January 1940, actress Wanda McKay was declared to be the most kissed girl in Hollywood. She was born Dorothy Ellen Quakenbush, and soon after graduating from high school in Fort Worth, Texas, she was in high demand in New York City as a glamour model, gracing the cover of many elegant magazines. Selected to be the Chesterfield Cigarette Girl, her face was seen around the country on giant billboards and in newspaper and magazine ads.
After winning a beauty pageant at the Birmingham air show in Alabama, she was hired as a hostess and advertising model for Trans World Airlines, but soon a Hollywood producer signed her to a movie contract, using the name Wanda McKay.
In this romantic cornball comedy, she is Martha Manning, a beautiful young lady who wants to become a movie star, so she packs her bags and drives to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. Unfortunately, she discovers that by 1945 Hollywood is overrun with pretty young girls wanting to become a star, and the only work she can find is as a clerk in a Hollywood drug store.
Fortunately for Martha, thirty miles outside Hollywood she stops at a roadside diner for a bite to eat, and she meets a handsome young man, and a scruffy mutt. Unfortunately, Martha thinks that the young man is being very fresh with her, and she manages to get away from the diner and away from his flirting attention. Fortunately, they will meet again, and the young man, played by James Ellison, who was the first sidekick for Hopalong Cassidy a decade earlier, will have another chance to woo the girl who wants to become a movie star. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Wanda McKay, Jimmy Ellison, and Daisy
Charles Middleton, Lillian Bronson
Charles Williams, June Clyde
Donald Kerr, Leon Belasco
Emmett Lynn, Cyril Ring
Emmett Lynn, Lou Crocker
Franklin Pangborn, Charles Middleton
Franklin Pangborn, James Ellison
Franklin Pangborn, James Ellison
Jack Raymond, Wanda McKay
James Ellison, Franklin Pangborn
James Ellison, Wanda McKay
John Elliott, Charles Middleton
John Elliott, Lillian Bronson
June Clyde, William 'Billy' Benedict
Karin Vengay, James Ellison
Karin Vengay, Leon Belasco
Karin Vengay, Ralph Morgan
Karin Vengay, Wanda McKay
Leon Belasco, Charles Middleton
Leon Belasco, Ralph Morgan
Prince Michael Romanoff
Ralph Morgan, Karin Vengay, Leon Belasco, Dewey Robinson
Vera Lewis, June Clyde
Wanda McKay, Franklin Pangborn
Wanda McKay, June Clyde