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Is this the film in "The Purple Rose of Cairo"?
No it isn't. I'm assuming you mean the film in the final sequence. That's Mark Sandrich's Top Hat (1935).
The visuals in the picture that you posted are very similar to the scenary and actors from the main film within "The Purple Rose of Cairo", I thought it was a refference.
Oh, I see what you mean. It's a guess, but I think what Allen was trying to recreate with the fake film in Purple Rose of Cairo was the slightly downscale knock-offs of movies like Dinner at Eight which studios such as RKO turned out. Or perhaps he was going for recreating the real thing. I don't know. He and Gordon Willis clearly studied these films closely because it's a better-than-average replica of that model (a little like the William Castle pastiche in Joe Dante's Matinee).
I dearly love this movie. Especially the combo pack of Marie Dressler and Jean Harlow. Billie Burke is icing on that cake. And obviously I haven't even started waxing rhapsodic about the males in the cast!!!
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