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The Life of the Party (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 September 1937 (USA)
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

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Joe Penner ...
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Parky (as Parkyakarkus)
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Mitzi (as Harriet Hilliard)
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Oliver
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Pauline
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Dr. Molnac
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Betty
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Hotel Manager
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Beggs
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Mrs. Penner
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Countess Martos
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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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Ann Miller was actually only about 14 years old when she made this. See more »

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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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Opening credits swing in and out from one side, as if they were on door-hinges. See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle Band
(1937)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Herb Magidson (as Herbert Magidson)
Sung by Harriet Nelson (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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Worth a look
13 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This curiosity from RKO manages to build a decent musical comedy out of a featherweight plot and an assortment of performers typically found in supporting roles or doing specialty turns in higher-budgeted films. With no "stars," only one singer and just one dancer, the picture understandably emphasizes comedy. Whether or not the intended comedy is funny depends, as always, on one's personal taste. But here you at least get choices from among players who built careers out of doing one thing well - i.e., well enough to create a following: Joe Penner, Parkyakarkas, Billy Gilbert, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Franklin Pangborn, Margaret Dumont. Yes, they're all here. And Ann Miller, in two sizzling tap routines, compensates for the bland leading man and lady (Gene Raymond and Harriet Hilliard), and the second-rate songs. There is so much going on here that you are bound to find something you like.


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