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The Life of the Party (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 September 1937 (USA)
Dr. Molnac and his musical troupe; Beggs, the manager; Mitzi Martos, a singer; Mitzi's agent Pauline; society scion Barry Saunders and his "keeper" Oliver Goodwin, are en route to Santa ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Bert Kalmar (screen play), Harry Ruby (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Penner ... Penner
Gene Raymond ... Barry
Harry Parke ... Parky (as Parkyakarkus)
Harriet Nelson ... Mitzi (as Harriet Hilliard)
Victor Moore ... Oliver
Helen Broderick ... Pauline
Billy Gilbert ... Dr. Molnac
Ann Miller ... Betty
Richard Lane ... Hotel Manager
Franklin Pangborn ... Beggs
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Penner
Ann Shoemaker ... Countess Martos
Betty Jane Rhodes ... Susan
George Irving ... Mr. Van Tuyl
Winifred Harris Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Van Tuyl
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Storyline

Dr. Molnac and his musical troupe; Beggs, the manager; Mitzi Martos, a singer; Mitzi's agent Pauline; society scion Barry Saunders and his "keeper" Oliver Goodwin, are en route to Santa Barbara. Barry falls for Mitzi while trying to loosen her slipper caught between two railroad cars, but she mysteriously leaves before he can learn her name. Barry and Oliver take a suite at the Casa Barbara, where they hire the house detective, Parkyakarkus to find the slipper's owner but he bungles the job. Oliver reminds Barry that he will lose his mother's $3,000,000 inheritance if he weds before the age of thirty. Mitzi and Pauline also register at the hotel, hoping to induce Dr. Molnac, performing there, to give Mitzi an audition. Also arriving are Mitzi's mother, Countess Martos and her wealthy friend Mrs. Penner and her son Joe, and the mothers have intentions of Joe marrying Mitzi. Barry finally meets Mitzi, and proposes marriage at a date three years in the future. To break up the romance, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The greatest comedy cast ever assembled for one picture!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Alma da Festa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ann Miller was actually only about 14 years old when she made this. See more »

Goofs

The tap shoe sounds don't match up to the tap dancing during the opening number on the train. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits swing in and out from one side, as if they were on door-hinges. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played by a nightclub orchestra in a jazzy version
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Ozzie's Wife Makes This Film
14 November 2013 | by gamay9See all my reviews

Harriet Hilliard was Ozzie Nelson's singer for his band. Later, he became Rick Nelson's agent. Ozzie was a lawyer but never practiced. He kept Rick busy with prostitutes instead of getting involved with dangerous groupies. I knew Rick well, because of our travels to common cities, starting with Roger Miller's King Of The Road hotel in Nashville to Joe Namath's Bachelor's Two in Fort Lauderdale and on and on and on. Nice guy; I still miss him.

But, back to Harriet. She was really cute in this film. As my summary states: 'Ozzie's Wife Makes This Film.' Had she not married Ozzie, I think she would have become a major star. She was even believable as the wife, mother, housekeeper in 'The Adventures of Ozzie And Harriet.' Notice, Harriet didn't have a maid and Ozzie was always home wearing a cardigan sweater. He must have been an insurance salesperson. I didn't meet Rick until the Stone Canyon days, but 'Garden Party' is in my top ten of all pop songs - and I'm 72, still a music lover.

Harriet was devastated by Rick's plane crash and she died before David did, thank God. Harriet Hilliard Nelson was a beautiful woman of high moral values and so were Ozzie, David and Rick. They are icons of the best of American life.


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