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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 overview, first billed only:
Joe Penner ...
Parky (as Parkyakarkus)
Mitzi (as Harriet Hilliard)
Dr. Molnac
Richard Lane ...
Hotel Manager
Mrs. Penner
Countess Martos
Mr. Van Tuyl
Winifred Harris ...
Mrs. Van Tuyl


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 greatest comedy cast ever assembled for one picture!


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Release Date:

3 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Alma da Festa  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ann Miller was actually only about 14 years old when she made this. See more »


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

Crazy Credits

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


Let's Have Another Cigarette
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Herb Magidson (as Herbert Magidson)
Sung by Gene Raymond (uncredited) and Harriet Nelson (uncredited)
Played also in the score
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Let's Swing
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's a piece of fluff that is slim on plot but FILLED with talent. This small movie is all of 70 minutes. Boring? not on your life so be prepared to SWING. Check the talent..heck they were the top of the heap. The last scene has Harriet Hilliard in a stunning gown that was eons away from the Ozzie and Harriet Show..That's not a slam so check out her vocal talent.

I have not much to contribute except PLEASE be a fan of the simple 1930's and 1940's films that were evidently produced to make one smile and leave their troubles behind. Here is a goody. The fabulous TCM has a habit of showing let alone introducing people to what being memorized through cinema is all about.. The topping about this movie is the music SWINGS...

OH...I only gave it a rating because I had to...

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