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Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove (1934)

Approved | | Short, Music | 1 December 1934 (USA)
Several members of MGM's 'galaxy of stars' attend an evening of music and a fashion show.

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(uncredited)

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(poem)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Master of Ceremonies
The Debutantes ...
Themselves
Eduardo Durant ...
Tango Band Leader
Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band ...
Themselves (as Edward Durant's Band)
Fanchon and Marco Girls ...
Models
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Himself
...
Herself
Cornelia 'Connie' Brown ...
Herself
...
Himself
Candy Candido ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
DeGage ...
Speciality Dancer
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Himself
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Storyline

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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Music

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1 December 1934 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film short is included as an extra in the Warner DVD of The Gay Divorcee (1934). See more »

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Featured in Tango Bar (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

With Every Breath I Take
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Bing Crosby
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See some of the big stars of the '30s in Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove
17 January 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

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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