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The Life of the Party (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  3 September 1937 (USA)
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Dr. Molnac and his musical troupe; Beggs, the manager; Mitzi Martos, a singer; Mitzi's agent Pauline; society scion Barry Saunders and his "keeper" Oliver Goodwin, are en route to Santa ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Penner ...
Gene Raymond ...
Harry Parke ...
Parky (as Parkyakarkus)
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Mitzi
Victor Moore ...
Oliver
Helen Broderick ...
Pauline
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Dr. Molnac
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Betty
Richard Lane ...
Hotel Manager
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Beggs
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Mrs. Penner
Ann Shoemaker ...
Countess Martos
Betty Jane Rhodes ...
Susan
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Mr. Van Tuyl
Winifred Harris ...
Mrs. Van Tuyl
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Dr. Molnac and his musical troupe; Beggs, the manager; Mitzi Martos, a singer; Mitzi's agent Pauline; society scion Barry Saunders and his "keeper" Oliver Goodwin, are en route to Santa Barbara. Barry falls for Mitzi while trying to loosen her slipper caught between two railroad cars, but she mysteriously leaves before he can learn her name. Barry and Oliver take a suite at the Casa Barbara, where they hire the house detective, Parkyakarkus to find the slipper's owner but he bungles the job. Oliver reminds Barry that he will lose his mother's $3,000,000 inheritance if he weds before the age of thirty. Mitzi and Pauline also register at the hotel, hoping to induce Dr. Molnac, performing there, to give Mitzi an audition. Also arriving are Mitzi's mother, Countess Martos and her wealthy friend Mrs. Penner and her son Joe, and the mothers have intentions of Joe marrying Mitzi. Barry finally meets Mitzi, and proposes marriage at a date three years in the future. To break up the romance, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The tap shoe sounds don't match up to the tap dancing during the opening number on the train. See more »

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Yankee Doodle Band
(1937)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Herb Magidson (as Herbert Magidson)
Sung by Harriet Hilliard (uncredited) in a production number at the nightclub
Played by Joe Penner (uncredited) in a one-man-band outfit in that number
Danced by Ann Miller (uncredited) in that number
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An RKO Radio Grand Hotel
22 August 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Harriet Hilliard stars as a prospective band singer. On her way to an important audition, she meets Gene Raymond. When she gets her high heel caught between two train cars, Mr. Raymond is smitten; he tries to pry her high heel loose. They find themselves playing out their cat and mouse romance at the same hotel. Joe Penner and a host of comedians become involved with the couple.

Of particular interest; Ms. Hilliard (Harriet Nelson, of course) in a musical comedy performance more reminiscent of later "Lucy" than later "Harriet"; her "Let's Have Another Cigarette" is an ironic highlight. Ann Miller brackets the film with a couple of tap dances, but has no film role; her finale is another highlight. And, Mr. Penner's infantile funnyman antics are a precursor to Jerry Lewis. The film's story is somewhat difficult to follow, weakening several situation comedy possibilities.

**** The Life of the Party (9/3/37) William A. Seiter ~ Harriet Hilliard, Gene Raymond, Joe Penner, Ann Miller


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