It is the golden era of silent movies and its biggest star George Valentin is enjoying the limelight in front of his adoring fans. One such fan is Peppy, a young girl so enthralled by the actor and the movies, she walks up to him, and the two share a brief moment. Years later, studio honcho Al Zimmer tells George that a new era of sound is coming to Hollywood, and soon silent films will become obsolete. George finds this ludicrous, but as more of his films start flopping, a part of him knows that Al is right. Peppy's showbiz career however is skyrocketing. From an extra, to a chorus girl, to a starlet, to now America's sweetheart, Peppy is now the star of talkies, and George becomes aware of her stardom. The two flirt on occasion, but do not go further since George is married. When George funds a silent project of his own and it tanks, George goes into a downward spiral. Financially downtrodden, he sells his possessions, is left by his wife and becomes an alcoholic. One night he is desperately frustrated, he burns down his apartment, and narrowly escapes death. Peppy who harbors feelings for him, takes him in and they reconnect. George is still affected by the downfall of his career, one night he roams Peppy's mansion and finds a room full of all his auctioned possessions. He feels angry and humiliated that it has come to this, so he runs to his old apartment to commit suicide. Peppy drives straight to him and stops him in time. Peppy consoles the lost George, and tells him of a new part that would be perfect for him. In the end, the two become a sensational dancing-partner act, and George gets his happy ending.
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Best part of story, including ending:
It is a simple story but done quite craftily and creatively. It's a breath of fresh air from all the current movies being shown these days.
Best scene in story:
When the two find their groove and dance ala Rogers and Astaire in the end.
Opinion about the main character:
George is prideful, but it's because he is fueled by a passion to stay true to what he really is.