~The Show of Shows~
1929
Directed by: John G. Adolfi

Written by:
J. Keirn Brennan
Frank Fay
~Cast~

Frank Fay ... Master of Ceremonies
William Courtenay ... The Minister - Guillotine Sequence
H.B. Warner  ... The Victim - Guillotine Sequence
Hobart Bosworth ... Executioner - Guillotine Sequence
John Barrymore ... Richard III in 'Henry VI Part III'
Harry Akst ... Pianist Accompanying Irene Bordoni
Armida ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number (as Mimi Vendrell)
Johnny Arthur ... Hero - Performer in 'The Pirate'
Mary Astor  ... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
William Bakewell ... Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
Richard Barthelmess ... 'Meet My Sister' Presenter
Noah Beery ... Performer in "The Pirate" Number / Soldier (segment "Rifle
Execution")
Sally Blane ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Monte Blue ... Condemned Man (segment "Rifle Execution")
Irène Bordoni ... Performer in 'Just for One Hour of Love' Number
Joseph A. Burke ... Joe Burke (as Joe Burke)
Marion Byron ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Georges Carpentier ... Boulevardier in 'If I Could Learn to Love' Number
Ethlyne Clair ... Performer in 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Number
James Clemens ... Performer (as Jimmy Clemons)
Ruth Clifford ... Performer in 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Number
William Collier Jr. ... Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
Betty Compson ... Performer in 'The Pirate Number' & 'Lady Luck' Numbers
Chester Conklin ... Traffic Cop in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
Heinie Conklin ... Ice Man in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' Number
Dolores Costello ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Helene Costello ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Jack Curtis ... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
Viola Dana ... Performer in 'The Pirate,' 'Meet My Sister' & 'Ladies of the Ensemble'
Numbers
Alice Day ... Performer in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' & 'Meet My Sister'
Numbers
Marceline Day ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Sally Eilers ... Performer in 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Number
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Ambrose in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
Louise Fazenda ... 'Recitations' Sketch
Pauline Garon ... Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
Albert Gran ... Soldier (segment "Rifle Execution")
Alexander Gray ... Performer in 'Lady Luck' Number
Lloyd Hamilton ... Hansom Cabby in "What Became of the Floradora Boys" number" /
(segment "Recitations") / Soldier (segment "Rifle Execution")
Julanne Johnston ... Performer in 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Number
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Performer in '$20 Bet' Sketch (as Sojin)
Lupino Lane ... Street Cleaner in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' Number /
'Tramp' Ballet
Frances Lee ... Performer in 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Number
Lila Lee ... Performer in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' Number
Ted Lewis ... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
Winnie Lightner ... Performer in 'Pingo Pongo' & 'Singing in the Bathtub' Numbers
Beatrice Lillie ... Performer in 'Recitations' Number
Jacqueline Logan ... Performer in 'The Pirate' & 'Bicycle Built for Two' Numbers
Myrna Loy ... Performer in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' & 'Chinese Fantasy'
Numbers
Nick Lucas ... Lady Luck Solo for 'The Only Song I Know' & 'Chinese Fantasy' Numbers
Tully Marshall ... Performer in "The Pirate" / Soldier (segment "Rifle Execution")
Shirley Mason ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' & 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Numbers
Otto Matieson ... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
Philo McCullough ... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
Patsy Ruth Miller ... Performer in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' & 'If I Could
Learn to Love' Numbers
Bull Montana ... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
Lee Moran ... Plumber in "What Became of the Floradora Boys" Number / Soldier
(segment "Rifle Execution"
Chester Morris ... Performer in $20 Bet Sketch and 'Bicycle Built for Two' Numbers
Jack Mulhall ... Performer in '$20 Bet' Sketch and 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
Edna Murphy ... Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
Carmel Myers ... Performer in 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Number
Marian Nixon ... Performer in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' Number
Molly O'Day ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Sally O'Neil ... Performer in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' & 'Meet My Sister'
Numbers
Gertrude Olmstead ... Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
Kalla Pasha ... Performer in "The Pirate" Number / Soldier (segment "Rifle
Execution")
Anders Randolf ... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
Rin Tin Tin ... Rin-Tin-Tin - Introducing 'An Oriental Fantasy' Number (as Rin-Tin-Tin)
Bert Roach ... Father of Twins in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' Number
Sid Silvers ... Al Jolson Impersonator / Introducing Larry Ceballos Black and White
Girls Number
Ann Sothern ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' & 'Bicycle Built for Two' Numbers (as
Harriet Byron)
Ben Turpin ... Waiter in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' Number
Ada Mae Vaughn ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Alberta Vaughn ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Lolita Vendrell  ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number (as Lola Vendrell)
Edward Ward (as Eddie Ward)
Alice White ... Performer in 'If I Could Learn to Love' Number
Ted Williams ... Dancer (as Ted Williams Adagio Dancers)
Lois Wilson ... Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
Grant Withers ... Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two Number
Loretta Young ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
John Aasen ... Junior (uncredited)
Anthony Bushell ... Performer in 'Henry VI' Sequence (uncredited)
Michael Cleary ... Performer (uncredited)
Jack Haskell  ... Performer (uncredited)
M.K. Jerome ... Performer (uncredited)
Lola ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marcelle ... Dancer (uncredited)
Wheeler Oakman ... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number (uncredited)
Ray Perkins ... Performer (uncredited)
E.J. Ratcliffe ... Performer in 'Henri VI' Sequence (uncredited)
Reginald Sharland (uncredited)
Dave Silverman (uncredited)
Norman Spencer (uncredited)
Lester Stevens (uncredited)
Dorothy Coonan Wellman (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Warner Bros.

Produced by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Harry M. Warner (uncredited) & Jack L. Warner (uncredited)
Cinematography by: Barney McGill
Costume Design by: Earl Luick (uncredited)
Sound Engineer: Harvey Cunningham
Director of Photography - Second Unit: Paul Ivano (uncredited)
Musical Conductor: Louis Silvers
Dance Directors: Larry Ceballos & Jack Haskell

Length: 15 Reels
Runtime: 128 Minutes
Released: December 29, 1929

Filmed at: Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank,
California, USA (studio)
~Plot Synopsis~
Following the introduction of emcee Frank Fay, a dramatic prologue presents an execution in a
medieval setting. The "Military March" number features Monte Blue and a horde of chorus girls in a
dancing routine. Winnie Lightner then sings "Singin' in the Bath-Tub" with a male chorus attired as
bathing girls, and performs a comedy takeoff with Bull Montana. Georges Carpentier appears as a
boulevardier in a number featuring "If I Could Learn to Love," supported by Alice White and Patsy
Miller. Irene Bordini appears with various composers, each seated at a piano, and sings their
successes. In the Florodora Number, the girls sing, then are replaced by the Florodora Boys,
demonstrating their occupations in a dance routine. Beatrice Lillie, in a comedy sketch, does "Your
Mother and Mine." In the "Motion Picture Pirates" number, Ted Lewis appears with an array of
leading screen ladies and heavies along with his band on a picturesque pirate ship. Myrna Loy and
Nick Lucas appear in an Oriental routine featuring "Li-Po-Li," and an all-star number features eight
sets of starlets, each attired in costumes of various countries in "Meet My Sister," with Richard
Barthelmess as emcee. A rhythmic ballet number features 75 dancing girls in black and white
costumes, highlighted by Louise Fazenda; then Lupino Lane appears in a tramp ballet. John
Barrymore, along with Anthony Bushell and E. J. Radcliffe, acts out a scene from Richard III . In the
"Bicycle Built for Two" number, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., heads a prominent group of stars in a satire
of 1900; the Execution Number, laid in the badlands of Mexico, features Monte Blue and some of the
screen's leading heavies, headed by Noah Beery. The "Lady Luck" finale stars Betty Compson and
Alexander Gray along with 15 individual acts, climaxed by a screen image of each of the film's stars
singing "Lady Luck."