Bradley Cooper's blockbuster remake of A STAR IS BORN showed the world the timelessness of the story of an up-and-coming female star and her mentor, a declining male star whose alcoholism becomes unendurable. Now see where it all started with this super rare 35mm screening of WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?. This 1932 pre-code gem directed by George Cukor stars Lowell Sherman as a big time - but hard drinking - Hollywood director who happens upon waitress Constance Bennett at the Brown Derby restaurant, and realizing that she has the talent to make it as a star. Her star rises while his falls, leading to tragedy. Loosely based on the life of silent star Colleen Moore and producer John McCormick, WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? is clearly the inspiration for the four versions of A STAR IS BORN that have enthralled audiences for over eight decades. Don't the miss the very first, often unacknowledged version!
35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.