Retrospektive 2018

It Happened in Hollywood

Harry Lachman
USA 1937
67 min

Diese Komödie brilliert mit Auftritten von James Cagney, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Mae West und Ginger Rogers – die allerdings nur von Doppelgängern gespielt werden. Regisseur Harry Lachman versuchte sich am Beginn seiner Karriere als post-impressionistischer Maler und Set- Designer. Erfolgreicher wurden seine Romane und Regiearbeiten. Bei IT HAPPENED IN HOLLYWOOD arbeitete auch der junge Sam Fuller am Skript mit: Nur er konnte die exzentrischen Handlungswendungen erfinden, die mit Witz und Scharfsinn fragile Schauspielerkarrieren im ständigen Gezeitenwandel Hollywoods porträtieren.



An affectionate valentine to Tinseltown that nevertheless remains clear-eyed about the perils and strange paradoxes of stardom, IT HAPPENED IN HOLLYWOOD was directed by the little known post-Impressionist painter turned Hollywood director Harry Lachman but is better recognized as a striking expression of Samuel Fuller’s first Hollywood career as a successful and always brilliantly imaginative screenwriter. Perennial tough guy Richard Dix is wonderfully cast as a silent cowboy star whose oversized heart gives him trouble when his career plummets with the arrival of sound and he can no longer keep his pledge to a sickly young fan who he had once invited to his now lost cattle ranch. A stand-out climatic scene of a picnic staged with actual stand in extras for the stars casts an ersatz W. C. Fields and Greta Garbo, among others, for a remarkable, almost Surrealist, gag that also gives touching homage to the Dream Factory’s unsung workers. Only Fuller could have invented the film’s eccentrically twisting plot that speaks with unexpected wit and poignancy about the fragile lives of actors washed-up by the ever-shifting tides of Hollywood caprice. (Haden Guest)


  • Fay Wray - Ann Derrow
  • Victor Kilian
  • Arthur Loft
  • Richard Dix - Tim Bart
  • Charles Arnt - Jed Reed
  • Granville Bates - Sam Bennett
  • William B. Davidson - Al Howard
  • Ethel Hill
  • Harvey Fergusson
  • Myles Connolly
  • Samuel Fuller
  • Joseph Walker
Columbia Pictures

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Columbia TriStar Wallgasse 21/9, 1060 Wien T 1 597 15 15 F 1 597 15 16
35 mm
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