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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Mary Pickford Speaks - and Filmed in Technicolor!!!
This modest, charming little short supposedly about a typical night in a Hollywood nightclub in the 1930's is an invaluable historic piece mainly for photographing a number of film legends quite young in perfected Technicolor. Most of them, alas, are seen only sitting at nightclub tables like Gary Cooper but they do get nice shots. The specialty acts dominate the film but legendary silent star Mary Pickford steps to the microphone to speak to the audience and introduce Bing Crosby, who sings. It is an incredible treat to see "our Mary" in Technicolor as well as to hear her in one of her few talking appearances on film and seeing the dashing young Gary Cooper in color if only in a fleeting appearance is wonderful. And I'm sure Bing Crosby fans will be thrilled to see him this young in color as well. One regrets there weren't many more Technicolor shorts like this featuring a bevy of movie stars we know mainly in black-and-white.
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