Hollywood Party

Hollywood Party

Richard Boleslawski, Allan Dwan, Edmund Goulding, Charles "Chuck" Riesner,

DVD (Full Frame)

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Hollywood Party was planned as a lavish, star-studded MGM musical titled Hollywood Revue of 1933. Under the less-than-sterling guidance of "kicked upstairs" MGM producer Harry Rapf, production dragged on interminably, using up the talents of five directors (none of whom were credited) and seven writers. The "all star" cast lineup slowly dwindled down to comparatively inexpensive contract players Jimmy Durante and Jack Pearl (radio's Baron Munchhausen) and a passel of non-MGM personalities. The final product wove a goofy story about The Great Schnarzan (Durante), a jungle-movie star whose films are suffering at the box office because his lions are anemic. Schnarzan schemes to purchase several healthy lions from Baron Munchhausen; to get the baron into a bargaining mood, Schnarzan throws a huge Hollywood party in Munchhausen's honor. Liondora (George Givot), Schnarzan's "hated rival," hopes to purchase the Baron's lions for himself, and crashes the party disguised as a Greek Baron. Also figuring into the plot are the members of the Klemp family (Charles Butterworth, Polly Moran and June Clyde), who are filthy rich and thus quite attractive to both Schnarzan and Liondora; poor-but-honest Eddie Quillan, who romances the Klemp's daughter; and Schnarzan's ex-girlfriend Lupe Velez, who shows up at the party in an astonishingly revealing gown for the express purpose of making trouble. In an amusing animated sequence courtesy of Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse introduces the Technicolor musical exploits of "The Hot Chocolate Soldiers." Shortly before the end, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy make a welcome appearance as a pair of lion-farm owners who wish to collect a debt from Baron Munchhausen. This segues into the classic egg-breaking sequence involving Stan, Ollie, and Lupe Velez. Now we've reached the 65 minute mark, with no logical ending in sight. Director Allan Dwan, brought into the project at the last minute, took a look at the existing footage and declared "It's a nightmare!" Inspired, Dwan directed a closing sequence which suggested that the whole plot had been dreamed by Jimmy Durante; Durante is wakened from his slumbers by his wife--played by Mrs. Jimmy Durante. Hollywood Party makes no sense at all, but it's a must for comedy lovers and 1930s film buffs. Don't miss that opening number, written by Rodgers and Hart and performed by Frances Williams and a chorus of barely dressed telephone operators; and keep an eye peeled for a lengthy uncredited appearance by the Three Stooges.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2011
UPC: 0883316329467
Original Release: 1934
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:08:00
Sales rank: 33,617

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jimmy Durante Schnarzan the Shouting Conqueror
Charles Butterworth Harvey Clemp
Lupe Velez Herself/Jaguar Woman
Polly Moran Henrietta Clemp
Frances Williams Herself
Jack Pearl Baron Munchausen
Eddie Quillan Bob
June Clyde Linda, the Clemps' Niece
George Givot Liondora, the Rival Star
Richard Carle Knapp, Schnarzan's Manager
Ben Bard Charley
Tom Kennedy Beavers the Doorman
Harry Barris Actor
Ernie Alexander Servant at the Party
Frank Austin Party Guest
Billy Bletcher Big Bad Wolf
Sidney Bracey Actor
Nora Cecil Scientific Pedant
Baldwin Cooke Holding the Door for the Scientific Gentlemen
Ray Cooke Theater Patron
Walt Disney Mickey Mouse
Muriel Evans Seated at the Table During Bidding
Larry Fine Stooge
Bess Flowers Opening Scenes Dress Extra
Oliver Hardy Himself
Ted Healy Himself
Tom Herbert Bartender
Irene Hervey Show Girl
Curly Howard Actor
Moe Howard Actor
Art Jarrett Actor
Leonid Kinskey Cab Driver
Stan Laurel Himself
Tom London Paul Revere, in Flashback
Edwin Maxwell Buddy Goldfard, Liondora's Manager
Jed Prouty Theater Manager
Arthur Treacher Butler
Clarence H. Wilson Actor
Robert Young Himself

Technical Credits
Richard Boleslawski Director
Allan Dwan Director
Edmund Goulding Director
Charles "Chuck" Riesner Director
Roy Rowland Director
George Stevens Director
Sam Wood Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
George Boemler Editor
Howard Dietz Producer,Screenwriter
Seymour Felix Choreography
David Gould Choreography
George Hale Choreography
Frederic Hope Art Director
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Arthur Kober Screenwriter
Harry Rapf Producer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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