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The Christmas Party (1931)

Approved | | Short, Family | 17 December 1931 (USA)
Jackie wants to throw a Christmas party for his friends on his football team, but doesn't know how to go about it. His fellow stars at MGM decide to help him out.


(as Charles Riesner)


(skit), (dialogue)


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Uncredited cast:
Lionel Barrymore (uncredited)
Wallace Beery (uncredited)
Jackie (uncredited)
Marion Davies (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Reginald Denny (uncredited)
Marie Dressler (uncredited)
Santa Claus (uncredited)
Cliff Edwards (uncredited)
Clark Gable (uncredited)
Charlotte Greenwood (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Leila Hyams (uncredited)


This MGM short film has Jackie Cooper asking his mom to host a Christmas party for the boys on his football team. She agrees but there are far too many kids to have it in her house so he gets permission from Louis B. Mayer to hold the party in one of MGM's many sound stages. As an extra added attraction, many MGM stars - including 'Clark Gable', Lionel Barrymore and Ramon Novarro to name only a few - serve the children their dinner. Written by garykmcd

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Short | Family






Release Date:

17 December 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jackie Cooper's Christmas Party  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is available on A Christmas Carol (1938) DVD extra's. See more »

Crazy Credits

Some of the cast are credited by being called by their first or last names. Jerry Madden is credited by his name on his sweatshirt. See more »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Played during the opening and closing credits
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Two MGM promos
13 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Christmas Party, The (1931)

*** (out of 4)

Charles Reisner Jackie Cooper wants to throw his football team a Christmas party at his house but soon other teams learn of it and want to come as well. The house is too small for everyone so Cooper asks Mayer if he can have the party on one of the MGM lots. The actual story here isn't all that important but what is are all th A-list stars who make an appearance here. Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Anita Page, Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Marion Davies, Jimmy Durante (as Santa) and Norma Shearer are just a few of the stars that show up. If you know anything about Mayer you'd know that there's no way he'd really allow a party to take place on his set but I guess that's besides the point since the film itself is just trying to be charming and it does that. Mayer doesn't show up but there are plenty of others that make this a must see for fans of Hollywood's Golden Era.

MGM Christmas Trailer (1937)

*** (out of 4)

A 15-year-old Judy Garland sings "Silent Night" in this very short (2-minutes) short from MGM. There's really nothing to judge here except the song and Garland does a great job with it. I'm sure something extra could have been added to plump up the running time but what's here is very good.

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