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Come to Dinner (1934)

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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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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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24 February 1934 (USA)  »

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

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Vitaphone production reel nos. 1636-1637. See more »

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References She Done Him Wrong (1933) See more »

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Jack Warner and Louis Mayer must have really hated each other...
22 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... because they were constantly digging at one another's productions in their own. This is a 20 minute comedy short parodying MGM's 1933 ensemble comedy/drama "Dinner at Eight" made - not by MGM - but by Warner Brothers. It will be amusing enough if you haven't seen the feature film, but if you have seen "Dinner at Eight", this artifact from the 30's is downright intriguing and hilarious. All of the players look and sound and even move like reasonable facsimiles of the A-list MGM players in "Dinner at Eight". The actor who imitated John Barrymore was good enough at it that he did so again in 1937's "It Happened in Hollywood". With fewer lawyers and less litigiousness in general 80 years ago, there was no lawsuit by MGM. And, after all, at day's end it probably was just free advertising for "Dinner at Eight" anyways. Today, though, there probably would be some kind of legal objection from MGM considering its obvious source material.

I will add one mild negative - the actress mimicking Harlow had the voice down alright but nobody could move quite like Harlow and for sure nobody could duplicate her blonde baby-faced looks. Maybe that's why 75 years after her death she is still remembered even though she had only a short seven year career in Hollywood.


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