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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.

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(as Charles Riesner)

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

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

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Approved
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December 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jackie Cooper's Christmas Party  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is available on A Christmas Carol (1938) DVD extra's. 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 »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857)
Written by James Pierpont
Played during the opening and closing credits
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The Christmas Party was a fascinating promotional short for M-G-M's stars celebrating the holidays
23 October 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

1931 was quite a year for Jackie Cooper. He began it while still a member of Hal Roach's Rascals (a.k.a Our Gang) before then filming Skippy for his uncle Norman Taurog at Paramount. After that film's success, Roach then sold Cooper's contract to his distributor M-G-M so he could do features there starting with The Champ which was also a success. So that probably got the powers-that-be there to make a promotional short featuring their now-hot child star and surrounding him with many of the studio's other adult stars in a holiday greeting meant to wow the theatrical audience with all the celebs in the studio's roster at the time. What I saw was quite amusing if not hilarious with whoever I recognized turning up at Jackie's "party" like Clark Gable, and, oh, let's not forget Norma Shearer who seems to have an "in" with Mr. Mayer but then, she was married to his second-in-command, Irving Thalberg, at the time. So on that note, The Christmas Party is worth a look for anyone curious about these things.


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