Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
Basically this is a commercial for Hollywood's Lido Lounge and for MGM contract players. The Lido is a large watering hole; we visit one afternoon with an orchestra playing, all sorts of ... See full summary »
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An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.
This MGM short, part of the James A. Fitzpatrick Traveltalks series, take you to California's Yosemite National Park. Visually spectacular, the park boasts fish-stocked lakes, horseback ... See full summary »
Hollywood's famous Cocoanut Grove nightclub stages a Star Night-only musical revue in which many Hollywood actors attend. Staged is the operative word. Entertainers include Ted Fio Rito and his orchestra, Eduardo Durant's Tango Band, and the Fancho & Marco Sunkist Beauties. Leo Carrillo acted as the Master of Ceremonies, and introduces a galaxy of stars from their tables. Those higher on the 1935 pecking order, Mary Pickford, Jack Oakie, Arline Judge, Bing Crosby and Gary Cooper, come to the microphone and do a bit...mostly chit-chatting bits. Written by
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See some of the big stars of the '30s in Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove
Just watched this Technicolor musical short from M-G-M on The Gay Divorcée DVD. With Leo Carrillo as master of ceremonies and Ted Fio Rito leading his orchestra, many of Hollywood's most popular stars of the time are seen in the audience like Gary Cooper or a now forgotten comedian named El Brendel. Also on stage was Mary Pickford-a silent star who made her last talkie just the year before. She then introduces Bing Crosby who, of course, then sings his latest hit. Also on stage was a strange guy who sang both in high and low pitch, dancer Raquel Torres, a dance couple, and...that's all I seem to remember. In summary, Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove was a fascinating find to me.
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