[Making It In Hollywood raw #47]

Raw footage for the 1976 documentary "Making It In Hollywood," which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. A continuation of footage from a casting call at Goldwyn Studios for a new Mae West movie, "Sextette." After this, actress Cissy Colpitts (now Cisse Cameron) performs some tap routines on tape.

00:00Copy video clip URL The tape opens with b-roll from the exterior of Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood, and a sign advertising the casting call.

01:23Copy video clip URL “Making It…” director Frank Cavestani does an on-camera introduction in front of this sign. He explains the studio is looking for a man with a British accent.

02:28Copy video clip URL Jody Sibert from the “Making It…” crew does an on-camera comedy bit, pretending that she is a hopeful for the “Sextette” part.

04:58Copy video clip URL An actor, Leo Lewis, coming from the audition, is interviewed. He didn’t get cast because he is not the right type – Mae West is looking for someone with a dark complexion.

06:55Copy video clip URL Producer Tom Weinberg does cutaways.

07:30Copy video clip URL Tape cuts, and actress Cissy Colpitts performs a tap dancing routine on a patio, with a pink umbrella. She is accompanied by “Singing in the Rain.”

10:40Copy video clip URL Take 2 of the Colpitts’ tap routine. She dances to another song about Hollywood again. Colpitts is concerned about her appearance on tape and cuts both songs short, while the “Making it” crew convinces her this is only a rehearsal.

14:12Copy video clip URL A second take of the Hollywood song, followed by discussion of shooting logistics for the next take. Colpitts is both insecure and meticulous about the shooting, and her method of preparation is more interesting and revealing than the actual dancing.

19:30Copy video clip URL An entire run-through of the Hollywood routine before the tape cuts.

20:20Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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