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Hollywood Party (1934)

Jimmy Durante is jungle star Schnarzan the Conqueror, but the public is tiring of his fake lions. So when Baron Munchausen comes to town with real man-eating lions, Durante throws a big ... See full summary »

Directors:

Richard Boleslawski (uncredited), Allan Dwan (uncredited) | 6 more credits »

Writers:

Howard Dietz (screen play), Arthur Kober (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Jimmy Durante ... Durante / Schnarzan
Jack Pearl ... Baron Munchausen
Polly Moran ... Henrietta Clemp
Charles Butterworth ... Harvey Clemp
Eddie Quillan ... Bob Benson
June Clyde ... Linda Clemp
Lupe Velez ... The Jaguar Woman / Jane in Schnarzan Sequence
George Givot ... Liondora aka Grand Royal Duke
Richard Carle ... Knapp
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Storyline

Jimmy Durante is jungle star Schnarzan the Conqueror, but the public is tiring of his fake lions. So when Baron Munchausen comes to town with real man-eating lions, Durante throws a big party with so that he might use the lions in his next movie. His film rival sneaks into the party to buy the lions before Durante. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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It Has Everything! Stars! Girls! Music! Cast of 2000!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Löwen von Hollywood See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (Animated sequence only)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Skits and musical numbers featuring Johnny Weissmuller, Zasu Pitts, Thelma Todd, Jackie Cooper, and Max Baer were deleted before release. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Knapp: Ah! How's business?
Theatre Manager: Swell, it's Garbo.
Knapp: It'll be even better next week when you play my new Schnarzan picture. What a star, what a star!
Knapp: [looks at watch] Oh, has the trailer gone on yet?
Theatre Manager: You'll just about catch it.
Knapp: Good.
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Alternate Versions

Older television prints of "Hollywood Party" run 63 minutes, and exclude the appearance by Mickey Mouse, as well as the Disney Technicolor cartoon "Hot Chocolate Soldiers". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Inka Dinka Doo
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Donnelly
Performed by Jimmy Durante
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pre code's last hurrah
27 June 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This film is excellent if you take it for what it is - a thin but pleasant comical storyline as an excuse for what turns out to be practically a revue of MGM's lesser stars of the day, plus two great stars - Laurel and Hardy - that didn't even work for the studio. However, Hal Roach did distribute his films through MGM, thus the boys do show up in a couple of MGM films of this era. Also, Disney's Mickey Mouse shows up for a comedic bit. I'd love to know how MGM ever worked that out with Walt.

The jist of the plot is that Schnarzan (Durante) is losing his audience for his jungle jaunt movies since the death of his original lion. People think that the subsequent lions he wrestles in his films are flimsy excuses for courageous carnivores and box office receipts are beginning to drop. His producer says that he can guarantee a hit if Durante can procure one or more of the lions of the famous Baron Munchausen who is a renowned hunter of wild beasts. Durante decides to wine and dine the baron at his mansion and give a big party in his honor.

There are a couple of very good precode musical numbers in this film including the title song featuring scantily clad chorus girls in various states of undressing/dressing and singing and dancing telephone operators dressed up in weird metallic outfits. At the party Lupe Valez spars with Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges put in an appearance back when they were still with Ted Healy, and there is an early musical cartoon number involving chocolate soldiers with music by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown. Finally there are Charles Butterworth and Polly Moran as a wealthy oil magnate and his wife who have some hilarious moments.

If you don't know who any of the people I just mentioned are, you are probably not going to like this film. If you know who all or most of them are you are sure to enjoy it as one of the last pre code films made, released just one month before strict enforcement of the code began.


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