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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 ...
Dave Apollon, Producer
Tommy Rafferty ...
Tap Dancer
Clark & Halliday ...
Themselves / Dancers
Yvonne Moray ...
Herself / Dancer
Caryl Gould ...
Herself / Singer
The Savoy Dancers ...
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When a Gypsy Makes His Violin Cry
(uncredited)
Music by Emery Deutsch
Performed by Dave Apollon (mandolin solo)
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Lots of singing and dancing,...and not much else
17 October 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short stars Dave Apollon--a Russian-born Vaudeville performer who you would think was a famous actor and director if you believed the film. However, despite his playing the role of a know-it-all and temperamental director, he only made a very few films in his brief film career.

In the film, he plays the mandolin, sings, dances and even appears in a brief scene as an usher in the movie theater,...as well as the director of this film. It is obvious that he was a pretty talented guy and he seems very self-confident and brash as well--and in many ways a lot like Eddie Cantor. However, unfortunately, Mr. Apollon was far from handsome and I am sure that despite his talents, this must have been why he never succeeded in films.

The short itself is chock full of music, music and more music. If you love 1930s-style production numbers (one involving gypsies, another Latin-American dancers and another a Broadway-like review), then you'll love the film. But despite starting off with a plot, this is soon forgotten and the film has very little to recommend it other than the dancing and music. An interesting curio and that's about all.


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