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Hollywood Steps Out (1941)

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A tour of Ciro's Nightclub packed with caricatures of many top stars, including (in order) 'Cary Grant', Greta Garbo 'Edward G. Robinson' and Ann Sheridan, Johnny Weissmuller, James Cagney, ... See full summary »


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Uncredited cast:
Dave Barry ...
Cary Grant / Clark Gable / James Cagney / Bing Crosby / Lewis Stone / Ned Sparks / Groucho Marx (voice) (uncredited)
Sara Berner ...
Greta Garbo / Coat Check Girl / Henry Fonda's Mother / Dorothy Lamour (voice) (uncredited)
Jerry Colonna / Peter Lorre (voice) (uncredited)
Kent Rogers ...
Jimmy Stewart / Mickey Rooney / Henry Fonda (voice) (uncredited)


A tour of Ciro's Nightclub packed with caricatures of many top stars, including (in order) 'Cary Grant', Greta Garbo 'Edward G. Robinson' and Ann Sheridan, Johnny Weissmuller, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and George Raft, Harpo Marx, 'Clark Gable', Bing Crosby, Leopold Stokowski, James Stewart and Dorothy Lamour, 'Tyrone Power (I)' and Sonja Henie, The Frankenstein Monster, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard, Oliver Hardy, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, 'Judy Garland (I)' and Lewis Stone, Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Henry Fonda, J. Edgar Hoover, Ned Sparks, Jerry Colonna, and Groucho Marx; many more just get sight gags, such as 'Claudette Colbert', Norma Shearer, William Powell, Don Ameche, Wallace Beery, C. Aubrey Smith, Boris Karloff, Arthur Treacher, Buster Keaton and Mischa Auer. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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24 May 1941 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(1919) (uncredited)
Music by James Brockman, James Kendis and Nat Vincent
Played during the bubble dance
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Fun and games at Ciro's
5 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Hollywood set steps out at Ciro's to be precise, where the night-clubbing action is exclusively set. The script is not particularly amusing or inventive, but fascinating all the same. The voice impersonations are mostly very skillful. One of the longest spots has Jimmy Stewart declining an invitation to rumba. At least two gags deal with Crosby's horse-racing ventures, whilst the climax features a bubble dance by "Sally Strand". Naturally the stars in evidence at Ciro's on this particular night (Dinner $50 and up. Easy terms available) are weighted in favor of Warner Bros, though a number of "foreign" stars receive a fair innings including the Hardys (both real and fictional), the Three Stooges, and Harpo Marx. Some of the faces are glimpsed so fleetingly they will be difficult for a 2007 audience to recognize. And maybe two or three are now forgotten.

Musically, the film is a feast for song-lovers with snatches from Nat Ayer's "Oh, You Beautiful Doll", Tony Jackson and Egbert Van Alstyne's "Pretty Baby", Allie Wrubel's "The Lady in Red", Isham Jones' "It Had To Be You", James Brockman, James Kendis and Nat Vincent's "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles", M.K. Jerome's "Congo", Harry Warren's "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby", Murray Mencher's "Merrily We Roll Along" and others, all delightfully rendered by the studio orchestra under the baton of Leo F. Forbstein.

To sum up: In view of the star line-up, somewhat disappointing, but still a must for all movie buffs.

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