24 June 2020 | HotToastyRag
Richard Conte isn't the bad guy for a change
Anyone want to see Richard Conte as the good guy? There aren't too many movies to fit the bill, so you might want to rent Hollywood Story if you're a fan of his. He stars as a movie producer interested in making a movie about a real-life Hollywood scandal. Back in the silent era, an unsolved murder stopped the careers of an actress, a director, and a writer. Richard actually hires the writer, now unemployed and living in squalor, to create the screenplay!
Henry Hull, the writer, is very funny in this movie. He starts off unshaven, broke, and sleeping in a hammock, but when he thinks his career has been revived, he dresses to the nines and changes to an affected accent. Director Fred Clark isn't too keen on making the movie, and neither is policeman Richard Egan. With so many obstacles in the way, Richard soon finds himself the target of danger as he learns too much.
Yes, this is a bit of a knock-off of Sunset Blvd., especially since there are a few cameos from real movie stars playing themselves (Francis Bushman, Betty Blythe, William Farnum, Helen Gibson, and Joel McCrea). It's not the greatest mystery movie you'll ever watch, so you'd better be devoted to the cast in order to enjoy it.