Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.
Three-and-a-half minutes into Footlight Parade (1933), Chester (James Cagney), Si (Guy Kibbee), and others watch the ending of the film The Telegraph Trail (1933) in a movie theater. Actor Frank McHugh, who plays Francis in Footlight Parade (1933), is John Wayne's co-star in The Telegraph Trail (1933), giving McHugh the distinction of playing different characters in this film, and in the film within the film.
Hello, Vivian. This is Miss Rich. My secretary, Miss Prescott.
Nan Prescott: I know Miss Bi... Rich, if you remember.
When Mr. Apolinaris is conducting business with Kent's business partners; you hear loud applause and cheering from the theatre audience. But the background actors sitting in the rows behind them as members of the audience, are not applauding or cheering. Normally, when the dialog is being recorded they want the background actors to be silent. In this case, however, they forgot or failed to have them mime the applause.