MGM's all-star feature Dinner at Eight (1933) is parodied in this comic short, in which a cast of unidentified look-alike actors impersonate Lionel Barrymore, Marie Dressler, 'Jean Harlow', et al.

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Cast overview:
Ninon Bunyea ...
Mrs. Oliver Jurgen
Flavia Arcaro ...
Carlotta Prance
Herschel Mayall ...
Oliver Jurgen
Margot Stevenson ...
Miss Jurgen - Oliver's Daughter
John Bohn ...
Larry Revolt
Curtis Karpe ...
Mr. Dan Chevrolet
Leda Léa ...
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Charles Cane ...
Dr. Wayne Talcum (as Charles Cannefax)
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A Manhattan doyenne is hosting a dinner party for a newly-arrived duke and duchess. Her husband, the guests, and their situations on the day of the dinner party are satirical lookalikes for the characters and plot lines in "Dinner at Eight." The Chevrolets -- rich rubes, the Talbots (a gallivanting doctor and suspicious wife), Miss Prantz -- an aging burlesque queen, the host and hostess, and their daughter, who's in love with an aging, egotistical actor to whom she sneaks lemons. The fun is in the parody. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy

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24 February 1934 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1933-1934 season) #16: Come to Dinner  »

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Vitaphone production reels #1636-1637. See more »

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References She Done Him Wrong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Him Love
(uncredited)
Written by Cliff Hess
Sung by the Jean Harlow character with the chorus girls
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Decent Two-Reeler
10 December 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Come to Dinner (1934)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This two-reeler from Vitaphone spoof their rivals DINNER AT EIGHT and we also get lookalike actors taking over the parts originally played by Lionel and John Barrymore, Jean Harlow and Mari Dressler. Obviously, if you've seen the classic 1933 movie then you're going to get more of the jokes. With that said, if you haven't seen the original then you'll still be mildly entertained by this short as long as you recognize who they're spoofing. I'd say my favorite moments here are the ones dealing with the Barrymore's. The spoof of John is pretty spot on and especially the stuff dealing with him not being able to find an acting part. The guy playing Lionel also does a very good job and manages to get a couple nice laughs. This film does add a musical number, which is actually pretty good and there are also a few more gags that are certainly pre-code material. With all that that being said, I'm really not sure why Warner would want to make this thing unless there was just a behind-the-scenes joke going on or perhaps the original film was just so popular that they figured this spoof would go over well.


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