Short film in which Frankie Darro as a Telegram delivery boy visits various Hollywood locations to make deliveries. He visits the Los Angeles Pier and a Gala Hollywood Premiere.
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Short film filled with cameo appearances by many of the top film stars of the time. The best scene is at the film premiere, apparently the premiere was a costume event and many of the stars are dressed in various costumes. The stars would stop and pose for the newsreel cameras and then Frankie Darro would go up to them and either ask for an autograph or tell the stars he is there to deliver a telegram. Apparently the stars didn't know they were being filmed for a short subject. This film has a sound track and you can hear many of the stars make remarks to Darro, oblivious to the fact that they were being filmed. Constance Cummings tells Darro "her hands are shaking she is so cold." Paulette Goddard says to Darro "you have makeup on." When Charlie Chaplin asks for the telegram, he is told by Darro that "the envelops is empty." Look for a young Jean Harlow on the arm of George Raft and Arline Judge. This film is part of the added features on the double feature DVD by Catcom Home Video ... Written by Steven Bibb

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2 March 1934 (USA)  »

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The Sidewalks of New York
Music by Charles Lawlor
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4 November 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hollywood on Parade No. B-1 (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Frankie Darro, basically playing himself, is working as a messenger boy as he goes around Hollywood where he meets celebrities and we also get stock footage of celebrities away from the movies. Jean Harlow, George Raft, Richard Dix, Fay Wray, Constance Cummings, Claudette Colbert, Jeanette MacDonald, Charlie Chaplin, Miriam Hopkins and many others.

As this series moved on we got more and more archival footage or footage taken from newsreels. The great thing about this episode is that the majority of the celebrities are taking part in the making of the film. The set-up is quite simple as Darro agrees to help a kid get some autographs so he approaches the stars and asks them to sign for a package. Again, story-wise it's certainly not ground-breaking but it's still fun to see the famous legends.


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