Movie-Mania (1937)

 |  Short, Comedy, Musical  |  8 May 1937 (USA)
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Dave Apollon is a one-man production staff, who puts on a stage show as writer, director, producer, bandleader, art director, and other jobs.


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Complete credited cast:
Dave Apollon ...
Himself - Dave Apollon
Tommy Rafferty ...
Himself - Tap Dancer
Clark & Halliday ...
Themselves - Dancers
Yvonne Moray ...
Herself - Dancer
Caryl Gould ...
Herself - Singer
The Savoy Dancers ...
Themselves - Dance Ensemble


A producer, Dave Appolon, is on the set of his newest film, "Dark Eyes," where he thinks he has to do everything: he hires and fires, he plays the lover and the mandolin in a gypsy scene, he dances the male lead in a Spanish dance on another sound stage, he puts a singer under contract and listens to her sing, he calls for a ballet dancer who does a tap solo, and then he hosts the opening of his own film: he conducts the band, welcomes a couple who dance "Romeo and Juliet," and dances himself with new talent after giving her a big smooch. Written by <>

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8 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1936-1937 season) #29: Movie-Mania  »

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Music by Saul Chaplin
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Caryl Gould and danced by Dave Apollon, Tommy Rafferty, Yvonne Moray, Clark & Halliday and The Savoy Dancers
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Must have had a following in his day
27 April 2003 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

It is not so odd that I have seen this short, as I'm always curious about the old one or two-reelers, and used to catch some back in the late 1940's and early 1950's in my neighborhood movie houses. Hence I immediately bought the laser-disc box sets when they were issued (I think they go for $500 now or some such ridiculous price). Movie Mania is on Vitaphone Shorts: A 70th Anniversay Celebration, a/k/a Cavalcade of Vitaphone Shorts Volume 2 (MGM/UA ML 105220).

Anyway, to get to the point: it is always strange to see an old-timer one has never heard of, when it is evident from the setting that he had a following back in the day. One assumes that if you've heard of Eddie Cantor, Pete Smith, and a few dozen others, you know the lay of the land. But people like Dave Appolon keep popping up. (One of my laser shorts collections has an extended one-man slapstick vaudeville act done by a man so obnoxious, not to mention unfunny, that it's hard to believe he would be invited for dinner, let alone cut a swath in show biz.)

Can't say I like Mr. Appolon. He is clearly master of his instrument, the mandolin, which puts me in mind of one of my friend's favorite put-downs: "it's like being the world's best accordianist". Of course, I don't want to sound or even be a philistine; all music is good, right? Then there's Appolon's personality; he projects himself as an imperious Russian. Just how large was his following? Not worth researching, to me. Now compare a team unknown today: Olson and Johnson. Geniuses who anticipated all the fancy post-modern doo-dads that wow the college circuit -- just catch Hellzapoppin.

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