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The Christmas Party (1931)

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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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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


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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Holiday Short Subject
1 October 1999 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

This hard-to-find little film was MGM's Christmas Short Subject for 1931 and it's a lot of fun for old movie buffs.

The plot (Jackie Cooper wants to give a Christmas dinner to his neighborhood pals and his friends at the studio lend a hand) is a mere contrivance to show as many of MGM's top talent as possible in 9 minutes. Norma Shearer - as Thalberg's wife she was Queen of the Lot - gets the most screen time. The enjoyment is in trying to put the correct moniker to all the others as they appear - most for only a few seconds.

In order of their appearance, here is a complete listing of the uncredited celebrities: Jackie Cooper, Norma Shearer, Jimmy Durante (dressed as Santa), Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Polly Moran, Reginald Denny, Clark Gable, Charlotte Greenwood, Lionel Barrymore, Leila Hyams, Cliff Edwards, Ramon Novarro, Marion Davies, and Anita Page.


Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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