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The Christmas Party (1931)

Approved | | Short, Family | December 1931 (USA)
Jackie wants to throw a Christmas party for his friends on his football team, but doesn't know how to go about it. His fellow stars at MGM decide to help him out.


(as Charles Riesner)


(skit), (dialogue)


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Uncredited cast:
Lionel Barrymore (uncredited)
Wallace Beery (uncredited)
Jackie (uncredited)
Marion Davies (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Reginald Denny (uncredited)
Marie Dressler (uncredited)
Santa Claus (uncredited)
Cliff Edwards (uncredited)
Clark Gable (uncredited)
Charlotte Greenwood (uncredited)
Donald Haines ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Leila Hyams (uncredited)


This MGM short film has Jackie Cooper asking his mom to host a Christmas party for the boys on his football team. She agrees but there are far too many kids to have it in her house so he gets permission from Louis B. Mayer to hold the party in one of MGM's many sound stages. As an extra added attraction, many MGM stars - including 'Clark Gable', Lionel Barrymore and Ramon Novarro to name only a few - serve the children their dinner. Written by garykmcd

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Short | Family






Release Date:

December 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jackie Cooper's Christmas Party  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Contrary to popular belief, Bette Davis does not appear in this short. "Miss Davis" is in fact Marion Davies. See more »

Crazy Credits

Some of the cast are credited by being called by their first or last names. Jerry Madden is credited by his name on his sweatshirt. See more »


Happy Days Are Here Again
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung a cappella by Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery and Polly Moran
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Moderately amusing MGM short built around Jackie Cooper...
30 November 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

MGM may have called itself the studio with "more stars than there are in heaven," but this little short with JACKIE COOPER as the centerpiece of attention as a child star, surrounded by the studio's impressive list of contract players, features a lot of "stars" that today's fans are totally unfamiliar with. That studio slogan was only appropriate when we talk of MGM during the '40s and '50s.

Sure, people will recognize the lovely Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Wallace Beery and Jimmy Durante, but are unlikely to know who's who when Anita Page, Reginald Denny, Marion Davies, Charlotte Greenwood and Polly Moran arrive for Cooper's studio birthday bash.

Nevertheless, it's an amusing slice of film history and guaranteed to satisfy the nostalgic feeling a lot of us have for the pre-Golden Years at Metro.

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