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 ...
Undetermined Role
Charles Cane ...
Dr. Wayne Talcum (as Charles Cannefax)


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 <>

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Release Date:

24 February 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Vitaphone production reels #1636-1637. See more »


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Written by Joseph Flynn
Sung by Flavia Arcaro
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Another swell affair
1 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I wonder what Louis B. Mayer must have said to Jack L. Warner at some industry gathering after he saw what Warner did to one of MGM's greatest hits. With lookalike players, none of whom get any billing, Warner Brothers turned out a fine Vitagraph short subject Come To Dinner a spoof on the classic Dinner At Eight.

Through the magic of Turner Classic Movies not to mention owning and renting tapes and discs of old films you can appreciate anew the people like brothers Lionel and John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Marie Dressler and the rest of the cast. I really did like the platinum blond doppleganger they found for Jean Harlow. Running a close second is the John Barrymore figure in the cat.

I wonder if Mayer got even with Warner with a broad satire of one of that studio's classics.

Come to think of it the original authors of Dinner At Eight, George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber were no mean wits themselves. Would have loved to get their opinion on this Vitagraph short subject.

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