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lulu  This page presents an annotated, worldwide bibliography of reviews, articles and other published material related to the 1931 film Windy Riley Goes Hollywood. This American film includes Louise Brooks in the role of Betty Grey. Around the world, this film was exhibited or written about under other titles including Windy Rileyová jde Hollywood (Czechoslovakia); and The Gas Bag (England).

This page is a work in progress. The intention of this bibliography is to be as comprehensive as possible; most citations represent a substantial review or article. Shorter, capsule reviews - usually a paragraph or two in length - are so noted. Entries are arranged chronologically. Critical commentary regarding Brooks, or the film as a whole (excerpted from the material cited), are offered as annotations. Some citations are linked to the material cited. (Some links reside on the Louise Brooks Society website, while others exist elsewhere on the internet.) An * indicates that a copy of this citation is held in the archives of the LBS. If you know of additional citations, or can provide further information on the entries noted on this page, please contact the Louise Brooks Society via . If you would like to help find vintage newspaper reviews, please follow this link. This bibliography has been compiled by Thomas Gladysz, and was last updated in September 2005.

Windy Riley Goes Hollywood
released August 12, 1931

anonymous. "Riley Comic Strip Short Rather Dull." Hollywood Reporter, January 22, 1931. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks is the star and brings forth the fact that she has an excellent speaking voice, looks very well, and that her forte is not short-reel comedies." - review in trade journal

anonymous. Film Daily, April 5, 1931. (United States)
--- review

anonymous. "Shorts." Motion Picture Herald, April 11, 1931. (United States) *
--- very brief review quoted here in its entirety; "The auto record of Windy Riley from New York to Hollywood and the subsequent excitement at a studio when he works a fake publicity stunt, cannot be rated more than fair. The story by Ken Kling is not at all unusal. Jack Shutta, Louise Brooks, William Davidson, Dell Henderson, Wilbur Mack and Walter Merrill do their best but not very successfully."

anonymous. "What Press Agents Say About Coming Events." Toronto Star, May 16, 1931. (Canada) *
--- notice of showing in Toronto, Canada newspaper (one of a half-dozen screenings in 1931)

Klepper, Robert. "Windy Riley Goes Hollywood." Classic Images, ?? 1999. (United States)
--- review of video release

Zimmer, Mark. "Diary of a Lost Girl." digitally Obsessed.com, November 13, 2001.
--- website review of the Kino Diary of a Lost Girl / Windy Riley Goes Hollywood DVD

anonymous. "New on Video." USA Today, November 30, 2001.
--- review of the Kino Diary of a Lost Girl / Windy Riley Goes Hollywood DVD

Bennett, Carl. "Diary of a Lost Girl." Silent Era, 2001. (United States) *
--- website review of the Kino Diary of a Lost Girl / Windy Riley Goes Hollywood DVD

Major, Wade. "Diary of a Lost Girl." Boxoffice Magazine , 2001. (United States) *
--- review of the Kino Diary of a Lost Girl / Windy Riley Goes Hollywood DVD

Bradley, Edwin M. The First Hollywood Sound Shorts. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2005. *
--- contains brief discussion of the film along with related entries on Brooks and Arbuckle


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