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Come to Dinner (1934)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 24 February 1934 (USA)

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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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Cast overview:
Ninon Bunyea ... Mrs. Oliver Jurgen
Flavia Arcaro ... Carlotta Prance
... Oliver Jurgen
... Miss Jurgen - Oliver's Daughter
John Bohn ... Larry Revolt
Curtis Karpe ... Mr. Dan Chevrolet
Leda Léa ... Undetermined Role
Charles Cane ... Dr. Wayne Talcum (as Charles Cannefax)


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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Short | Comedy


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24 February 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Included in Warner Home Video's 2005 DVD release of Dinner at Eight (1933). See more »


References Grand Hotel (1932) See more »


Don't Blame Me
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played by the chamber orchestra
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An interesting little special feature
17 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is one of two special features included on the DVD release for "Dinner at Eight". Unlike the typical biography, 'making of' flick or cartoon, "Come to Dinner" is a parody of the feature film. It seems that they used lookalikes for the main characters from "Dinner at Eight" for a 20 minute condensed version of the movie. Its humor was often rather subtle and would not really be appreciated unless you first saw the feature film. Though I must admit some (such as the mass suicide) were a bit low-brow. In addition, there are some musical numbers (something NOT in the original). So why would they make such a film? Well, it was NOT made by MGM (who made "Dinner at Eight") but rival studio Warner Brothers--who were mocking the film as well as trying to cash in on the movie's success! Clever but not brilliant.

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