Thursday, November 4, 2010
Show People (1928) is a wonderful silent film
I watched this 1928 silent film, Show People on TCM this morning before leaving for work. Directed by the great King Vidor and starring the ever enchanting Marion Davies as Peggy Pepper, a young girl from Georgia (yay! my home state) who comes along with her father to Hollywood and tries to make it as an actress. She meets Billy (played by William Haines) who gets her work at Comet Studios. She and Billy make comedies together but another studio sees Peggy and hires her as their actress. Soon Peggy rises to stardom and refuses to acknowledge Billy. She even plans to marry the smug solely for the name and money. But Billy will not give up without a fight. I haven't seen a lot of silent films but this is one of the best ones I have seen. I thought Marion Davies was phenomenal. I was thoroughly captivated by her performance from beginning to end. Show People is a solid and entertaining film.