Movie It's Tough to Be Famous (1932) download free
Book Title: It's Tough to Be Famous|
Directors: Alfred E. Green
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: 1932-04-02
Runtime: 79 min
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,Mary Brian,Harold Minjir
IMDb Rating: 6.0
Full movie description "It's Tough to Be Famous":When his submarine, S89, is sunk by an excursion boat, Scotty is the last one left aboard after helping the crew to be rescued. However, Navy divers are able to save Scotty and his heroics make him a hero. Retiring from the Navy as a Commander, he finds that, as a hero, he is in great demand. There are parades. speeches, endorsements, banquets and autographs galore. Even his marriage to his sweetheart Janet is headline news. Everyone wants a piece of Scotty. The only thing that Scotty does not have is his freedom and a life of his own.
Reviews of the It's Tough to Be FamousOne of a flock of films that Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. made for Warner Brothers in the early Thirties, It's Tough To Be Famous takes a look at the cult of celebrity and those who profit off it. In his memoirs, Salad Days, Fairbanks was not especially crazy about this film, but he did some others that he felt were far worse.
Fairbanks himself acknowledged that the story came from the life of Charles Lindbergh and the cult of celebrity that came around him after his flight in 1927. Doug plays Scotty McLennan who is a naval commander and skipper of a submarine that went down in the Atlantic. As rescue vessels race to her, the only question is will the oxygen hold out long enough to reach the submerged vessel on the bottom.
As captain, Fairbanks orders his men to go up with oxygen masks out the torpedo tube and elects to stay behind and man the tubes. But fortunately before he suffocates, outside rescue arrives and he's saved and proclaimed a hero who, but for that timely intervention would have sacrificed his life for his crew.
The rest of the film is what happens afterward, the marriage he was going to have with Mary Brian becomes a public one, his life becomes run by people he's hired to exploit his name.
Oddly enough nine years later Warner Brothers would make a film about a real hero who turned his back on such lures of easy money to trade in on his good name. Gary Cooper as Sergeant York got an Oscar for playing the self effacing York as only the self effacing Cooper could have.
In real life you consent to your exploitation. This is true of celebrity heroes from Buffalo Bill to Michael Phelps. Some like Sergeant York and Neil Armstrong completely resisted the lure of fame and easy money.
Walter Catlett has a nice part in a very typical Walter Catlett role as a publicity agent, something he took a patent out on in the way he played those kind of roles.
It's Tough To Be Famous is not a bad film, but it's hardly the Sweet Smell Of Success which really takes a look at the cult of celebrity and how so many crave to be one.
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