Once In A Lifetime

  • 1932
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

This satire of Hollywood during the early talkie days concerns three New York vaudevillians who travel west with the get-rich-quick scheme of opening a school of elocution. One of the group, Oakie, almost immediately insults a big shot producer, Ratoff, and because of this is considered to be some sort of genius and given a job as a movie supervisor. He...read more

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This satire of Hollywood during the early talkie days concerns three New York vaudevillians who travel west with the get-rich-quick scheme of opening a school of elocution. One of the group, Oakie, almost immediately insults a big shot producer, Ratoff, and because of this is considered

to be some sort of genius and given a job as a movie supervisor. He then goes on to make a masterpiece out of a script that had been tossed away. Picture suffers from an overexaggeration of characters and comic details, resulting in some unsuitable slapstick. But Oakie has the energy to carry off

his role well, with some topnotch back-up performances. Look for a bit part by Alan Ladd, who made his debut in this film after enrolling in a class Universal had organized to develop new talent. The original authors of the play had actually never been in Hollywood but managed to infer the

material needed for the play through reading Variety. The impression they received of the magic land of filmmaking through these writings was that it is one of the most absurd and insane places on the map.

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