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Hollywood Party (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 1 June 1934 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Durante / Schnarzan
Jack Pearl ...
Polly Moran ...
Henrietta Clemp
Charles Butterworth ...
Harvey Clemp
Eddie Quillan ...
Bob Benson
June Clyde ...
Linda Clemp
The Jaguar Woman / Jane in Schnarzan Sequence
George Givot ...
Liondora aka Grand Royal Duke
Richard Carle ...


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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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

1 June 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Revue of 1933  »

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


(Technicolor) (Animated sequence only)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Allan Dwan had just returned to Hollywood after three years living and working in England when he was invited to the MGM lot to watch the rough cut of "Hollywood Party." After watching what he later described as "thousands of feet of film, all disconnected stuff," Dwan was asked by E.J. Mannix, Louis B. Mayer's assistant, what he thought of it. Dwan said, "It's a nightmare" - and immediately Mayer seized on Dwan's comment and decided to make the main part of the film Jimmy Durante's dream. Dwan shot the beginning and ending framing sequences showing Durante falling asleep while waiting for his wife to get dressed for the party, and cast Durante's real-life wife as his wife in the film. Dwan worked "two or three days" on the project and got "a nice fat check." Though he wasn't credited, working on "Hollywood Party" helped him re-establish his reputation in Hollywood, where he'd been forgotten during the three years he'd spent in England. See more »


Harvey Clemp: My name's Harvey Clemp. I'm the millionaire oil king from Clemp City, Oklahoma. This is my wife, Henrietta, the oil queen. Henrietta, this is Jake.
Henrietta Clemp: How do you do?
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References Three Little Pigs (1933) See more »


I've Had My Moments
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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Some memorable scenes
25 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is really a scrapbook of bits linked together by the word "party."

If you have ever wondered why The Three Stooges are so called, it is because they began life in vaudeville as the butt of Ted Healy's gags. In this film we see a rare instance of Healy and his stooges in action.

Classic is the piece where Lupe Velez teams up with Laurel and Hardy. A battle begins, which has since been quoted in a number of compilation films.

Perhaps the piece which steals the show is the colour cartoon by Disney. I have never ever seen it shown on Disney programmes, even though it is one of his best sequences.

It's worth watching just for these three features.

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