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Himself - 2nd M.C. Introducing Paul Muni (uncredited)
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Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ...
Themselves: Clip from 'Hollywood Hotel' (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Lionel Hampton ...
Himself - vibraphone player with Benny Goodman Orchestra: Clip from 'Hollywood Hotel' (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Himself - Interviewing Celebrities on Radio (uncredited)


James Cagney introduced himself and proceeded to identify the attending guests as they arrived at this benefit function, most of whom stepped up to a microphone to be interviewed on the radio by George Jessel, although the only voice heard during the "arrival" sequence is that of Cagney's. Cagney introduced Rudy Vallee as the M.C., and Valle presented the Benny Goodman Orchestra in a swing number and then introduced Dick Powell who sang "Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride" from 1938's "Cowboy from Brooklyn." Donald Crisp comes on and introduces himself as the co-M.C. and then he introduces Paul Muni, who makes the appeal to the theatre audience to make donations to the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital. Since there were no credited names, thereby making an IMDb alpha list of the 20 names or so that did appear, the order of appearance on-screen was: Cagney, Hugh Herbert, Glenda Farrell, George Jessel, Humphrey Bogart, John Barrymore, Bette Davis, Harmon Nelson, Hal Wallis, Louise Fazenda, Basil ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

29 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

For Auld Lang Syne #3  »

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Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride
Written by Johnny Mercer and Richard A. Whiting
Sung by Dick Powell
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Hollywood's most important fund raiser.

The major studios took turns on a rotating schedule of producing these annual appeals, to aid the Will Rogers Memorial Fund, to the movie-goers of the country. This was Hollywood's version of radio/television PSAs...except these featured star-studded casts who also donated their services. The craft unions waived their compensation rules regarding the Will Rogers Memorial Fund shorts.

The finished shorts were supplied free to the theatres of the country, and after each showing of the short, the ushers would pass a bucket through the rows(closely supervised by house management)to gather donations from the patrons.

And, since these shorts were intended to play in as many theatres as possible during the "Will Rogers National Theatre Week," usually in late April, the number of release prints far exceeded the number usually struck...for any kind of short or feature film.

On "Auld Lang Syne," Major N. Levinson, head of the Warners' sound department, made 13 sound negatives simultaneously and electrically as the basis for 4,000 release prints to be made at various processing plants through the US. The 13 sound negatives were shipped to the key points (distribution and printing) where the release prints were struck off, one at a time. The 13 sound negatives and 4,000 release prints were, at the time, a record.

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