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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Included in Warner Home Video's 2005 DVD release of Dinner at Eight (1933). See more »

Connections

References She Done Him Wrong (1933) See more »

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Give Him Love
(uncredited)
Written by Cliff Hess
Sung by the Jean Harlow character with the chorus girls
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Short Order Cooking
7 June 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is a thoroughly charming, funny satire of MGM's all-star "Dinner at Eight" (1933). With tongue-in-cheek dignity, the cast impersonates the characters with precision. Anyone familiar with the original roles and actors will have no trouble appreciating the impressions. The script, by A. Dorian Otvos and Eddie Moran, deftly follows the original storyline, except for some musical interludes. The MGM star who declined "Dinner at Eight" Greta Gabo even receives an impression, as does Paramount studio's Mae West. Many will know Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore and Billie Burke. Today, the most recognizable name parodied may be John Barrymore, introduced in classic "profile" by John Bohn. At the time, the audiences' likely favorite would have been Flavia Arcaro's imitation of Marie Dressler. Primarily a stage actress, this appears to be Ms. Arcaro's only sound film credit. We and the mainly New York stage cast are lucky to have this rare short story from Warner Bros. "Come to Dinner" will admittedly lose luster if you are not aware of the performers or film being spoofed.

******* Come to Dinner (2/24/34) Roy Mack ~ Flavia Arcaro, John Bohn, Herschel Mayall, Charles Cane


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