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Paramount on Parade (1930)

A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself / Apache (Origin of the Apache) / Paris Park Gendarme (In a Park in Paris) / Chimney Sweep (Finale)
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Hunter (Dream Girl)
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Sweetheart (Dream Girl / In a Hospital)
William Austin ...
Partygoer (Impulses)
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Mug (Impulses)
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Herself (True to the Navy)
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Bedroom Apache Dancer (Origin of the Apache)
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Sweetheart (Dream Girl)
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Herself (Dance Mad)
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Floozie (The Montmartre Girl)
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Hunter (Dream Girl)
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Himself / Master of Ceremonies / (In a Hospital)
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Marine (The Montmartre Girl)
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Carmen (Isadore the Toreador) / Party Girl (Impulses)
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A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting singing "My Marine" (written by Richard A. Whiting and Raymond B. Eagan) to a group of U. S. Marines, including Stuart Eriwn, Stanley Smith and Frederic March; Buddy Rogers doing a song-duet with Lillian Roth called "Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love" (written by Elise Jans and Jack King), on a cuckoo-clock set; and Clara Bow singing and dancing in the "True To The Nany Now" number to a group of sailors. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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22 April 1930 (USA)  »

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Parada Paramountu  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

There were originally 20 individual sequences (seven of them were filmed in primitive 2-strip Technicolor) using seven directors and virtually every star then on a Paramount contract. See more »

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The re-release opening credits credit producer Jesse L. Lasky as "Jessie" L. Lasky. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in Training for You
Written by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer
First danced by Mitzi Mayfair and chorus
Then sung and danced by Jack Oakie and Zelma O'Neal
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"Up On Top Of A Rainbow, Sweeping The Clouds Away"
24 November 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sad to say I recently saw an abbreviated version of Paramount On Parade with about only 60% of the numbers and acts in the edited version I saw. Fortunately I do remember seeing the whole film in years gone by.

Paramount's biggest star in those days was Maurice Chevalier who gets to be in three numbers, one of them being the finale. He also had the biggest hits of the show with All I Want Is Just One Girl and Up On Top Of A Rainbow. His third number the Poor Apache is an Apache number if Mack Sennett had choreographed it.

The White Mountain studio made both an English and French version and in the French version Jeanette MacDonald was mistress of ceremonies as opposed to comedian Skeets Gallagher for the English. She also was given a number in the French one that we in America weren't privileged to hear. I'm told it's quite lovely.

William Powell and Clive Brook play Philo Vance and Sherlock Holmes in a murder mystery satire where they annoy Warner Oland as Fu Manchu with insisting on dragging in other suspects. Eugene Palette and Jack Oakie are also in the skit as well.

Cut out of the version I just saw was Dennis King, Broadway star who had just repeated his role as Francois Villon in The Vagabond King. That film doesn't hold up well for a number of reasons, but his number Nichavo in Paramount On Parade is a stirring song that King's virile baritone takes to easily. King did much better on stage than on the screen although he scored very well in his next film with Laurel and Hardy, Fra Diavolo.

The finale is Maurice Chevalier with Up On Top Of A Rainbow done with a hundred chorus girls as well. The song and Maurice are fine, but these kind of numbers really needed Busby Berkeley to show how its done.

I'm a big old sucker for these all star films which had a brief run during the early days of sound and then were revived during World War II as morale boosters. I only wish a complete version was available out there.


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