Basically this is a commercial for Hollywood's Lido Lounge and for MGM contract players. The Lido is a large watering hole; we visit one afternoon with an orchestra playing, all sorts of ... See full summary »
Basically this is a commercial for Hollywood's Lido Lounge and for MGM contract players. The Lido is a large watering hole; we visit one afternoon with an orchestra playing, all sorts of stars and would-be stars sitting at tables near the pool alongside paying customers, and bathing beauties parading and diving. The Lido's manager, Reggy Denny, introduces the stars in the audience. He's sometimes interrupted by someone who does a bit, sings a song, or otherwise entertains: most of these are novelty acts. By the end, everyone's having a swell time. Written by
Starlit Days at the Lido was another M-G-M Technicolor short that I actually found a little more entertaining than previous ones in the series
This was another M-G-M 3-strip Technicolor short produced by Louis Lewyn featuring many musical performances and many movie star cameos that I watched on YouTube. Reginald Denny was the emcee this time. There's some amusing silent comedy courtesy of Arthur Lake before he become Dagwood in Columbia's "Blondie" series and cross-eyed Ben Turpin who gets some attention from the Tic-Toc Girls, a funny-looking female trio that sings about needing a man. Quite funny, they are. Clark Gable is among the stars sitting as part of the audience with the woman sitting next to him identified as only Mrs. Clark Gable (psst, it's NOT Carole Lombard who he'd marry several years later). While Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards sings accompanied by his instrument as he sits at the bar, a woman next to him keeps taking cigarettes from various places in his suit. (Hope she didn't die from all that smoking!) A few more stuff happened like cute Baby LeRoy dancing and playing the violin with a girlfriend (though we hear nothing from it) and an impressionist convincingly doing Jimmy Durante with fake big nose and Ed Wynn with his then-trademark fireman hat. On that note, Starlit Days at the Lido was a little better than the other M-G-M/Louis Lewyn shorts I saw on YouTube.
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