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Hollywood Party (1934)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  1 June 1934 (USA)
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Jimmy Durante is jungle star Schnarzan the Conqueror, but the public is tiring of his fake lions. So when Baron Munchausen comes to town with real man-eating lions, Durante throws a big ... See full summary »

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Henrietta Clemp
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Harvey Clemp
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Linda Clemp
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The Jaguar Woman / Jane in Schnarzan Sequence
George Givot ...
Liondora aka Grand Royal Duke
Richard Carle ...
Knapp
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Jimmy Durante is jungle star Schnarzan the Conqueror, but the public is tiring of his fake lions. So when Baron Munchausen comes to town with real man-eating lions, Durante throws a big party with so that he might use the lions in his next movie. His film rival sneaks into the party to buy the lions before Durante. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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1 June 1934 (USA)  »

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Hollywood Revue of 1933  »

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(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor) (Animated sequence only)|

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1.37 : 1
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A deleted number featuring Jimmy Durante and Polly Moran, a spoof of "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" from 42nd Street (1933) entitled "Fly Away to Ioway", wound up on the cutting room floor. Footage from this deleted number does survive. See more »

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Referenced in The Bullfighters (1945) See more »

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I've Had My Moments
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung and Danced by Eddie Quillan and June Clyde
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A Surreal View Of A Swinging Movieland Suare
25 November 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Hollywood Party is a strange film to be coming out of that Tiffany of studios MGM. Louis B. Mayer's operation specialized in high gloss drama and sophisticated comedy. This product would have been more like something from RKO or Hal Roach. Paramount with its Big Broadcast series and International House was also far more likely to have made a film like Hollywood Party.

But make it they did and Hollywood Party has that same surreal quality of International House. With about eight directors and about six writers involved it would have been guaranteed to be surreal like. There's no real plot to it, Hollywood's number one heart throb, the body beautiful from those Schnarzan films throws a blowout and invites whom he can. The body beautiful, the one and only Schnarzan is of course Jimmy Durante.

You know a film like this is going to be lots of fun. When you get the great Durante, the Three Stooges, and Laurel&Hardy in one film, the great stone face of New Hampshire will chuckle.

My favorites in this are Stan and Ollie who are dealers in wholesale jungle animals and crash the party to collect their bill from Jack Pearl as Baron Munchausen. The two of them get involved with an angry Lupe Velez who's been cut off by the bartender and they get into a slapstick duel. Can you imagine the Mexican Spitfire with Stan Laurel, turn that one over in your minds.

Charles Butterworth and Polly Moran play a nouveau rich oil millionaire and George Givot plays a fake baron/gigolo trying to promote himself with Moran. Lupe is also Jane to Durante's Schnarzan which audiences today might not get the whole gist of that joke since she was married to Johnny Weissmuller then.

All in all it's great fun and at the very end you'll see why the film has the surreal quality it does. No plot, just a lot of good gags and many laughs. This is one you can't go wrong with.


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