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Hollywood Party (1937)

 -  Comedy | Short | Musical  -  3 April 1937 (USA)
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Elissa Landi and Charley Chase (playing Asian Charley Chan Chase) host an East Asian themed garden tea party in Hollywood. After introducing a few Hollywood luminaries who are attending the... See full summary »

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Herself - the Hostess
Joe Morrison ...
Himself - Singer
Leon Errol ...
The Drunk
Al Lyons Band ...
Themselves
Al Lyons ...
Himself - Bandleader (as Al Lyons Band)
The Jones Boys ...
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Ahern Sisters ...
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Marcus Show Girls ...
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Elissa Landi and Charley Chase (playing Asian Charley Chan Chase) host an East Asian themed garden tea party in Hollywood. After introducing a few Hollywood luminaries who are attending the party, they present a number of musical and/or dance performances to entertain the crowd. This set of performances also includes ethnic Chinese actress Anna May Wong modeling some fashions she brought back from her first ever trip to China. Through it all, one of the guests, already inebriated, is having a few problems mixing and serving the cocktails he wants. Written by Huggo

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party | waiter | tap dancer | singer | musician | See more »

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Comedy | Short | Musical

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was unseen for nearly 60 years until the Vitaphone Disk of the sound track was found in 2000 See more »

Crazy Credits

11 cast members, beginning with Charley Chase, are credited orally either by hostess Elissa Landi or co-host Charley Chase. See more »

Soundtracks

South Sea Island Magic
(1936)
Written by Lysle Tomerlin, and Andy Iona Long
Played by the Al Lyons Band and Sung by Betty Jane Rhodes and a unidentified trio
Sung also by Joe Morrison
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Technical triumph - awful subject matter.
1 August 2003 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

When this short was produced in 1937 three strip technicolor had only been in use four years. The color photography is beautiful and vibrant -astonishing really when you first see it. The subject matter is another matter. This short has an Asian theme with obviously Caucasian actors and actresses masquerading as Asians in full Asian dress. There is much poking fun at Asian speech and manners. Black Americans are also stereotyped in this film. All of the latter greatly detract from the film. As far as subject matter is concerned the only sensible moment in the whole thing is a brief appearance of Anna May Wong. There are also very brief cameo introductions of Clark Gable, Joe E. Brown and Freddie Bartholomew. So, from a technical point - wonderful, from all other points - a disaster by current standards.


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