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Roast-Beef and Movies (1934)

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A trio of amateur film makers try to persuade a group of studio executives to exhibit their new movie.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Givot ...
Gus Parkyurkarkus
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Bogus Movie Producer (as Jerry Howard)
Bob Callahan ...
Bogus Movie Producer (as Bobby Callahan)
Albertina Rasch Dancers ...
Corps de Ballet (edited from: March of Time) (archive footage)
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Storyline

Three good-for-nothings overhear a movie producer and his partners offering a grand sum if someone will present him with a sure-fire movie idea. The leader of the three dopes, Gus Parkyakarkus, barges into the meeting with his cohorts and proceeds to rattle off spiels for several inane prospective movies. The three are delighted to be told they've made a sale, but the producers turn out to have a surprise in store. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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10 February 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Let Us Spray  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the studio head points to his stars photos on the wall, those pictured include Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Marion Davies, Marie Dressler, Clark Gable, Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Greta Garbo, Helen Hayes, Ramon Navarro, and Joan Crawford, not coincidently all current MGM stars. See more »

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During the "Chinese Dance" sequence, the overhead shots of the ladies moving in-and-out of the inner and outer circles of dancers reveals a circle painted on the dance floor that is the median circle between the two dancers circles. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Gus Parkyurkarkus: Well, hoooow you liiiike that?
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Edited from Children of Pleasure (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Daughter of Heaven
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Sung off-screen by James Burroughs and danced by Albertina Rasch Ballet
Clip from Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
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More annoying than funny.
20 January 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

First off, I should point out that I am a fan of comedic shorts from this time period and after (especially The Three Stooges). This short however, I did not like.

This short follows three wanna-be filmmakers as they barge into the screening room at a major movie studio and convince the heads of the studio to watch their film.

The apparent main character, the filmmaker with a horrible Greek accent (I'm guessing it was supposed to be Greek) was annoying. I could barely understand a word he said, so if he was saying anything funny, I sure missed it.

There were a few attempts at slapstick-type humour, but they fell flat. It's unfortunate too, since Curly (here credited as Jerry Howard) is a comic genius, but is only a bit player in this short.

Most annoying though, would be the two dance sequences that are irrelevant. Why the head of the movie studio put up with these three wanna-be filmmakers is beyond me (but then you find out in an unfunny-climax, which I wont "ruin" for you).

Bottom line, this was very unfunny and quite annoying due to its irrelevant dance sequences, lack of humour, and horrible accents.


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