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Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs (1936)

 |  Short, Music  |  6 August 1936 (USA)
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Winners of the Lucky Stars National Dance Contest - one woman from each of the United States - are welcomed to Palm Springs. Palm Springs being the desert playground for the movie stars, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
The Fanchonettes ...
Downey Sisters ...
Peter Lind Hayes ...
Mr. Mike (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Benchley ...
Bob Benchley (as Bob Benchley)
Fuzzy Knight ...
Guy Standing ...
Himself (as Sir Guy Standing)


Winners of the Lucky Stars National Dance Contest - one woman from each of the United States - are welcomed to Palm Springs. Palm Springs being the desert playground for the movie stars, the women are introduced to the cavalcade of stars vacationing in Palm Springs at the time. The stars are doing a multitude of recreational activities. One of those stars is Frances Langford, fresh from Broadway, who serenades all those watching with some Broadway related songs. With assistance from Jackie Coogan and Betty Grable, the contest winners do a series of dances to American songs. They then get a chance to interact with the stars, all in the name of fun. Written by Huggo

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In this MGM Technicolor short, two of the songs by composer Nacio Herb Brown and lyricist Arthur Freed - "Broadway Melody" and "You Are My Lucky Star" - were to appear again in Singin' in the Rain (1952). Arthur Freed was the head of the musical unit at the studio and his songs were used again and again in MGM pictures. See more »


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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played with banjos
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Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs was another interesting rarity I found on YouTube
23 August 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is another 3-Strip Technicolor short from the '30s provided by M-G-M that I just watched on YouTube. Some good musical performances by Francis Langford and Fuzzy Knight (though I found his comedy lame). There's also an appearance by the grown up Jackie Coogan and his then-wife, the young and about-to-emerge star Betty Grable (though her big break wouldn't come until she signed with 20th Century-Fox) as they dance a little with some female dancers. However, Coogan and Grable are on the ground while those dancers are on the roof of some villa. Poolside, we see Johnny Weissmuller playing with some inflatable ducks while Buster Keaton falls from his floating raft (the only moderately amusing thing in this short). Betty Furness and Walter Huston are at a table playing with an egg in a bottle. All of this is emceed by "Mike" (a giant microphone with an expressive face on it) doing impressions (perhaps the creepiest thing I've seen here). And the entire audience is some beauty contest winners from each state (my home state of Louisiana is among the represented that is depicted on screen). Nothing else to add except this was an interesting if bland short that should whet your curiosity of past stars and the early use of Technicolor.

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