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Manhattan Parade (1931)

 -  Comedy  -  10 January 1932 (USA)
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The fortunes of a Broadway costume company rise and fall depending on who is running it, and whether its clients' shows succeed or not.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Winnie Lightner ...
Charles Butterworth ...
Herbert T. Herbert
Joe Smith ...
Lou Delman: of the Avon Comedy Four (as Smith)
Charles Dale ...
Jake Delman: of the Avon Comedy Four (as Dale)
...
Junior Roberts
Bobby Watson ...
Paisley
Frank Conroy ...
Bill Brighton
Walter Miller ...
Mae Madison ...
Woman in Charge of Fitting
Polly Walters ...
Telephone Girl
Luis Alberni ...
Vassily Vassiloff
Greta Granstedt ...
Charlotte Evans
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Storyline

The John Roberts Costume Company is being run super-efficiently by Doris Roberts, but her husband demands that she give up her position to stay at home with their young son. Without her wheeling and dealing skills the company starts to lose money and when John leaves for Europe on a tryst, Doris returns to save the firm. Hooking up with an obviously disturbed producer and a pair of theatrical backers, the costume company seems to be on the road to riches again when John returns and wants his share of the profits. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy

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1.37 : 1
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Although it was filmed in 2-strip Technicolor, all surviving material is in black & white. Two songs by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, "I Love a Parade" and "Temporarily Blue," were cut before release, although "I Love A Parade" is heard over the opening and closing credits. "I'm Happy When You're Jealous" by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby was also cut before release. See more »


Soundtracks

I Love a Parade
(1931) (uncredited)
(From the first "Cotton Club" revue)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played during the opening and end credits
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This film is a surrealist's dream
21 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My vote of 10 out of 10 does not mean this is a 'great' movie in any traditional sense. In fact, from the point of view of standard film reviewing, it's lacking in almost all the qualities of a well-made, polished Hollywood film.

The film feels haphazardly made, but there are so many bizarre, surreal moments that proponents of non-traditional criticism will love. Take this one: for no stated reason, a elephant's head and trunk are being painted with a large question mark; minutes later, a woman in a nude suit walks by with a large question mark covering her body. Both the elephant and the woman are part of a theatrical production, but these two scenes have no motivation.

But even for those who don't particularly care for what I've said above, pre-code fans will be delighted by the film's several risqué moments.

This film has only 9 votes at the time of my writing this, but seeing as TCM aired it last night in its 8pm prime-time slot, perhaps the gave many (like myself) an opportunity to watch this film which is available neither on VHS or DVD.


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