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Paramount on Parade (1930)

Passed | | Music | 22 April 1930 (USA)
A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting ... See full summary »

Writers:

Josep Carner Ribalta (Spanish version), Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Arlen ... Hunter - Episode 'Dream Girl'
Jean Arthur ... Sweetheart - Episode 'Dream Girl'
George Bancroft ... Mug (Impulses)
Clara Bow ... Episode 'True to the Navy'
Evelyn Brent ... Bedroom Apache - Episode 'Origin of the Apache'
Mary Brian ... Sweetheart - Episode 'Dream Girl'
Clive Brook ... Sherlock Holmes (Murder Will Out)
Nancy Carroll ... Episode 'Dance Mad'
Maurice Chevalier ... Apache - Episode 'Origin of the Apache' / 'Park in Paris' / Finale
Gary Cooper ... Hunter - Episode 'Dream Girl'
James Hall ... Episode 'Dream Girl'
Dennis King ... Man to be Hanged - Episode 'The Gallows Song'
Abe Lyman ... Abe Lyman - Episode - 'Dance Mad'
William Powell ... Philo Vance (Murder Will Out)
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Buddy Rogers - Episode 'Love Time' (as Buddy Rogers)
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A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting singing "My Marine" (written by Richard A. Whiting and Raymond B. Eagan) to a group of U. S. Marines, including Stuart Eriwn, Stanley Smith and Frederic March; Buddy Rogers doing a song-duet with Lillian Roth called "Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love" (written by Elise Jans and Jack King), on a cuckoo-clock set; and Clara Bow singing and dancing in the "True To The Nany Now" number to a group of sailors. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Squads of sweeties Platoons of pippins Companies of cuties Brigades of beauties Divisions of dancers Armies of ace-actors Regiments of roaring comedians (Print Ad- The Leader-Post,((Regina, Saskatchewan)) 28 May 1930)

Genres:

Music

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

22 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galas de la Paramount See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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(original) | (existing print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)| Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (seven sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Jeanette MacDonald's participation in Nino Martini's "Song of the Gondolier" musical number was cut from the US version before it was released, but may survive in the Spanish version of the film. See more »

Goofs

The re-release opening credits credit producer Jesse L. Lasky as "Jessie" L. Lasky. See more »

Alternate Versions

An alternate French-language version, , also produced by Paramount, featured many French movie stars of the time, as well as Maurice Chevalier and Nino Martini from the English version. See more »


Soundtracks

All I Want Is Just One Girl
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
Sung also by Mitzi Green
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Dreadful early talkie review - Chevalier the only plus
18 November 2013 | by bbmtwistSee all my reviews

I used to think KING OF JAZZ, Universal's entry into the studio review genre, was the worst, but Paramount tops it. MGM had THE Hollywood REVIEW, the best of the four; Warners had THE SHOW OF SHOWS; Paramount has PARAMOUNT ON PARADE.

Only 1 hour and 19 minutes, 20 seconds of this survives, leaving 21 minutes missing. I believe this is lost Technicolor footage (recently restored by UCLA), featuring four numbers: Dream Girl; Singing in a Gondola; The Gallows Song; and Isadore the Toreador.

What's left has only one redeeming feature and that is Maurice Chevalier in three numbers: History of the Apache (with Evelyn Brent and obviously directed by Lubitsch); One Girl (most likely directed also by Lubitsch) and the Sweeping The Clouds Away finale.

The comedy and musical numbers are from hunger with cheesy sets, forgettable writing and songs, and blah performances. Elsewhere in other reviews here you will find a run down of the numbers and their performers. Perhaps the worst singing is that f Nancy Carroll, although she dances well. Ruth Chatterton even sings better than Carroll, but her number is stupid and beneath her dignity as a dramatic actress.

It's fun to see all four of these, just to marvel at how talentless most all the studios were with the advent of sound and musical savor faire. Only MGM comes out on top.


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