~Show People~
~360-8: Marion Davies & Dell Henderson~

Marion Davies ...  Peggy Pepper / Herself
William Haines ...  Billy Boone
Dell Henderson ...  General Marmaduke Oldfish Pepper
Paul Ralli ...  Andre Telefair
Tenen Holtz ...  Casting director
Harry Gribbon ...  Jim - Comedy Director
Sidney Bracey ...  Dramatic director
Polly Moran ...  Peggy's maid
Albert Conti ...  Producer
Renée Adorée ...  Herself - at Banquet (uncredited)
George K. Arthur ...  Himself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Eleanor Boardman ...  Herself - clip from 'Bardelys the Magnificent'
Charles Chaplin ...  Himself - Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
Lew Cody ...  Himself - at High Art Studios (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ...  Director's Assistant (uncredited)
Karl Dane ...  Himself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Douglas Fairbanks ...  Himself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ...  Undetermined Bit Role (uncredited)
John Gilbert ... Himself (uncredited) (also archive footage)
Elinor Glyn ...  Herself - at High Art Studios (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ...  Studio Gateman (uncredited)
William S. Hart ...  Himself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Leatrice Joy ...  Herself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Rod La Rocque ...  Himself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ...  Comedy Player at Farewell Banquet (uncredited)
Mae Murray ...  Herself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Louella Parsons ...  Herself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Kalla Pasha ...  Comic chef (uncredited)
Aileen Pringle ...  Herself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Bert Roach ...  Heavyset man in casting agency (uncredited)
Dorothy Sebastian ...  Herself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ...  Portrait Photographer (uncredited)
Norma Talmadge ...  Herself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Estelle Taylor ...  Herself - at Banquet (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ...  Comedy Player at Farewell Banquet (uncredited)
King Vidor ...  Himself (uncredited)
Coy Watson ...  Messenger Boy (uncredited)
Claire Windsor ...  Herself - at Banquet (uncredited)
~John Gilbert & Marion Davies~
~Plot Synopsis~
This Marion Davies vehicle was loosely inspired by the career of Gloria Swanson. Davies plays
would-be starlet Peggy Pepper, who arrives at the gates of MGM Studios with her dad Colonel
Pepper (Dell Henderson) in hopes of becoming a great dramatic actress. Instead, she a scores a
hit as an ingenue in the slapstick comedies starring the effervescent Billy Boone (William Haines).
As the audience rocks with laughter during the preview of Peggy's first film (no one is more
enthusiastic than her director Harry Gribbon), she sits in sullen silence, insisting to Billy that
some day she'll invoke tears instead of laughter. This doesn't seem likely, inasmuch as Peggy can't
even cry on cue (her director is forced to peel onions outside of camera range to achieve the
desired emotion), but the tenacious young actress finally manages to win favor in dramatic roles.
Inevitably, this causes a strain on her budding romance with Billy, and the couple slowly drifts
apart. Now the unchallenged Queen of the Cinema, Peggy -- billing herself as Patricia Pepoire --
prepares to marry her oily leading man Andre (Paul Ralli), but mischievous Billy disrupts her
fancy wedding. She angrily tosses Billy out of the house, realizing only when it's too late that she's
still in love with him. But in the final scene, the hero and heroine are accidentally reunited on the
set of a WWI picture directed by King Vidor (who also directed Show People). Two versions of
Show People are currently available for TV; the "stretch-framed" Kevin Brownlow-David Gill
restoration, with a new orchestral score by Carl Davis, and the original MGM release version,
outfitted with a lively music and sound-effects track.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by: King Vidor

Written by:
Agnes Christine Johnston - writer
Ralph Spence - titles
Laurence Stallings - writer
Wanda Tuchock - story
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer &
Cosmopolitan Productions

Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Produced by: Marion Davies, King Vidor & Irving Thalberg
Cinematography by: John Arnold  
Film Editing by: Hugh Wynn    
Set Decoration by: Cedric Gibbons
Costume Design by: Henrietta Frazer  
Assistant Director: Will Sheldon  
Assistant Camera: Gordon Avil  

Length: 9 Reels
Runtime: 78 Minutes
Released: November 28, 1928
Premiere: New York November 10, 1928