The Life of the Party (1937)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Joe Penner ...
Gene Raymond ...
Harry Parke ...
Parky (as Parkyakarkus)
Victor Moore ...
Helen Broderick ...
Dr. Molnac
Richard Lane ...
Hotel Manager
Mrs. Penner
Ann Shoemaker ...
Countess Martos
Betty Jane Rhodes ...
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 <>

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The greatest comedy cast ever assembled for one picture!


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3 September 1937 (USA)  »

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A Alma da Festa  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Crazy Credits

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


Roses in December
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Herb Magidson (as Herbert Magidson) and George Jessel
Played by Gene Raymond (uncredited) on piano and sung by Harriet Hilliard (uncredited)
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Very minor comedy starring lots of "B" talent
11 April 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

A parade of comedians that you'll probably recognize from being parodied in old Warner Bros. cartoons. The whole film is real fluff. It's not unbearable but sort of fun. The pace keeps it moving, so if you want a place to see "forgotten" talent from the thirties, you couldn't go too wrong here.

This film is mostly notable for the performance of Joe Penner. It's very clear from whom Jerry Lewis got his inspiration. Penner utilizes a lot of the little boy mannerisms that Lewis later made famous. The difference here is that Penner is on his own. He doesn't have a sidekick to bounce off of, although Lewis eventually didn't either. Lewis has a more spastic visual comedy comedy style but much of his act is here in Penner. Just for the historical info this is a good movie for the classical film buff.

A very young Ann Miller does a tap dance towards the end.

Film history fun, not great but enjoyable.

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