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Boulevard! A Hollywood Story

Country: United States, Language: English, 85 mins

  • Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
  • Producer: Adam Baran, John Boccardo, Elijah Drenner, Alan Eichler, Aimée Flaherty, Gerald Herman, Jim Hormel, Paul Marcarelli, Taki Oldham, Jeffrey Schwarz, Scott Sigman, Larry Spitler

CGiii Comment

There's a great big elephant in this room that everyone seems to fact, there are two! Gloria Swanson couldn't sing and the songs are absolutely atrocious. But, it would seem, her star shone so dared tell her...or, they were too scared to tell her!

Which makes this story all the more entertaining...but, wait for it, the fun doesn't stop there. Gloria becomes Norma, falls for a closeted gay man who has written the lyrics to the tunes written by his soon-to-be dumped boyfriend.

Yes, the ill-fated Boulevard was destined to be ill-fated from the beginning. Jeffrey Schwarz has meticulously uncovered thought-to-be lost material that could quite easily become a madcap musical! Go on...make it!

Sunset Boulevard is deemed to be one of the best films ever made. Norma Desmond, one of the best characters created...if you haven't seen the performance...well, you are missing out on one of the campest, most theatrical performances ever to have hit the silver screen. This unearthing of what happened next just adds to the allure of the film and its star.

Stuff that cinematic legends are made from!


The(ir) Blurb...

Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley, two young songwriters and romantic partners, find themselves caught in movie star Gloria Swanson's web when she hires them to write a musical version of "Sunset Boulevard."

Cast & Characters

Glenn Close (as Self (archive Footage))
Julie Andrews (as Self (archive Footage))
Carol Burnett (as Self (archive Footage))
George Takei (as Self (archive Footage))
Gloria Swanson (as Self (archive Footage))
Bob Hope (as Self (archive Footage))
Ed Wynn (as Self (archive Footage))
Broderick Crawford (as Self (archive Footage))
Dick Cavett (as Self (archive Footage))
Steve Allen (as Self (archive Footage))
Muhammad Ali (as Self (archive Footage))
Andrew Lloyd Webber (as Self (archive Footage))
Richard Wyler (as Self (archive Footage))
Robert Osborne (as Self)
Mike Wallace (as Self (archive Footage))
Jeffrey Schwarz (as Self)
Ralph Edwards (as Self (archive Footage))
Steve Hayes (as Self)
Marianne Williamson (as Self (archive Footage))
Skip E. Lowe (as Self (archive Footage))
Mark Saltzman (as Self)
Luke Yankee (as Self)
Laurie Franks (as Self)
Derrik Lewis (as Self)
Stephen Michael Shearer (as Self)