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
The Christmas Party was a fascinating promotional short for M-G-M's stars celebrating the holidays
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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