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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Ninon Bunyea ...
Mrs. Oliver Jurgen
Flavia Arcaro ...
Carlotta Prance
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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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Spoofs Dinner at Eight (1933) See more »

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Ode to Hollywood
(uncredited)
Written by Cliff Hess
Performed by the chorus girls
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Superb parody
7 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A great surprise to see this simply delightful comedy parody of MGM's Dinner at Eight, done by Warner Brothers Vitaphone, carefully by passing copyright of course. Once listed as missing presumed lost, but listed in Halliwell's Guides, I had long tried to see the film, but it never surfaced till now, and it is a delight to those who know the original MGM film so well. Even the sets are duplicated, along with the most famous scenes.

The Actors are superb, the Carlotta character rivalling Marie Dressler..and the actor doing John Barrymore is so accurate, along with Lionel Barrymore's impersonation, to the life. Dated in some ways, a viewer who comes on this cold, will dismiss the comedy, as they may not know the real version at all. I suspect that Billie Burke winced a bit at the interpretation of stage voice, but I hope the originals all saw the joke. The talented, but uncredited actors are a revelation, all could have held down Hollywood careers, but were in the main Broadway stage performers.

I expect the origins of the film lay in the war between Louis Meyer, and Jack Warner, with many films as efforts to be one up on each other, as with the Musical films of the late twenties and early thirties.


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