I was at a screening yesterday of the new Star is Born, and overheard an excited cinephile explaining to a friend, that this is not only a re-make, but the fourth version of the film – after the 1937 Technicolor Selznick, which went to WB, allowing for the 1954 and 1976.
While I thought “not so fast there…,” I remained silent.
But for those who revel in such things, pleased be aware that the newest variant, is actually the third re-make.
While my personal favorite remains George Cukor’s 1954 classic, there was an earlier version, that hit theaters a dozen years before.
It was an RKO production by a less experienced, but still wonderful director, who would go on to helm Little Women (1933), Dinner at Eight (1933), and Camille (1936).
What Price Hollywood featured Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman as actors with careers going into different directions. It was photographed by the great Charles Rosher.
At a compact 88 minutes, it has been quietly available via Warner Archive, and should be essential screening for anyone heading to a theater to see the newest incarnation starring Lady and Brad.