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Hollywood Party (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Short, Musical | 3 April 1937 (USA)
Elissa Landi and Charley Chase host a Chinese-themed tea party near the Southern California seashore complete with musical entertainment, a fashion show, and attended by Hollywood celebrities.

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writer:

John W. Krafft (dialogue) (as John Krafft)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elissa Landi ... Herself - the Hostess
Joe Morrison ... Himself - Singer
Leon Errol ... The Drunk
Al Lyons Band Al Lyons Band ... Themselves
Al Lyons Al Lyons ... Himself - Bandleader (as Al Lyons Band)
The Jones Boys The Jones Boys ... Themselves (as Jones Boys)
Ahern Sisters Ahern Sisters ... Themselves
Marcus Show Girls Marcus Show Girls ... Themselves
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Storyline

Elissa Landi and Charley Chase (playing Asian Charley Chan Chase) host an East Asian themed garden tea party in Hollywood. After introducing a few Hollywood luminaries who are attending the party, they present a number of musical and/or dance performances to entertain the crowd. This set of performances also includes ethnic Chinese actress Anna May Wong modeling some fashions she brought back from her first ever trip to China. Through it all, one of the guests, already inebriated, is having a few problems mixing and serving the cocktails he wants. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Short | Musical

Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

3 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Party in Technicolor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Louis Lewyn Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was unseen for nearly 60 years until the Vitaphone Disk of the sound track was found in 2000 See more »

Crazy Credits

11 cast members, beginning with Charley Chase, are credited orally either by hostess Elissa Landi or co-host Charley Chase. See more »

Soundtracks

The Glory of Love
(uncredited)
Written by Billy Hill
Played by Al Lyons Band
Danced to by Sunnie O'Dea
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Technical triumph - awful subject matter.
1 August 2003 | by McNamarraSee all my reviews

When this short was produced in 1937 three strip technicolor had only been in use four years. The color photography is beautiful and vibrant -astonishing really when you first see it. The subject matter is another matter. This short has an Asian theme with obviously Caucasian actors and actresses masquerading as Asians in full Asian dress. There is much poking fun at Asian speech and manners. Black Americans are also stereotyped in this film. All of the latter greatly detract from the film. As far as subject matter is concerned the only sensible moment in the whole thing is a brief appearance of Anna May Wong. There are also very brief cameo introductions of Clark Gable, Joe E. Brown and Freddie Bartholomew. So, from a technical point - wonderful, from all other points - a disaster by current standards.


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