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Two tour guides take visitors around Warner Bros. showing them scenes of films allegedly in the making but which actually consist of archive footage from previously released Technicolor Warner Bros. short subjects. Written by
Features musical numbers edited from earlier Warner Bros. Technicolor shorts: "The Blue Danube" from Gypsy Sweetheart "Drifting on the Rio Grande" from Swingtime in the Movies "Swinging Through the Kitchen Door" from Swingtime in the Movies "Annie Laurie" from The Changing of the Guard "Dancing is the Darndest Fun" from Ride, Cowboy, Ride "Beyond the Open Road" from Sunday Roundup. See more »
The best thing about this sixteen-minute short is the eye-popping Technicolor. The music is ho-hum and at times downright boring, snipped from Warner Brothers musical shorts of the previous decade. Ukulele Ike (Cliff Edwards, aka Jiminy Cricket)is pleasing, singing and playing a guitar rather than a ukulele. Cowboy Dick Foran shows why singing shoot-em-up pictures came to be called horse operas. Unlike Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Tex Ritter, Foran's voice was more suitable for opera than for western ballads. His style was derivative of Nelson Eddy rather than Bing Crosby.
For smirks, there's Clark Gable lookalike John Carroll warbling a song while in a canoe. Carroll turned out to be a much better actor than his reputation would indicate. For movie buffs there's a glimpse of starlet Lauren Bacall as her picture floats across the screen while the narrator emphasizes the importance of photography in the making of a Hollywood film.
Mainly for die-hard fans of 1930's-era popular music, "Hollywood Wonderland" is more like Hollywood Babalu-land.
Footnote: The tour guide is the same Wanda Hendrix who played Pilar in the film noir thriller, "Ride the Pink Horse," the same year.
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