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 Roit 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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