Breakfast In Hollywood 1946 PG CC

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Based on the old radio series of the same name, we see the lives of several people attending a popular radio show, including a young couple who meet and fall in love at the show. Great musical acts including Nat King Cole and Spike Jones. ZaSu Pitts almost steals the show!

Starring:
Tom Breneman, Bonita Granville
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

Breakfast In Hollywood

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Harold D. Schuster
Starring Tom Breneman, Bonita Granville
Supporting actors Beulah Bondi, Edward Ryan, Raymond Walburn, Billie Burke, Zasu Pitts, Hedda Hopper, Andy Russell, Spike Jones, Nat 'King' Cole, Herman Bing, Ida Breneman, Lillian Bronson, James Conaty, Alice Cooper, Lester Dorr, Robert Dudley, Dick Elliott, Mary Field
Studio Reel Enterprises
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
It creaks. It huffs and puffs. Its jokes are so lame they need crutches. It so carefully replicates the popular radio show it was based on that it's excruciatingly artificial at times. Still, even though both the radio show and the movie, both titled Breakfast in Hollywood, are long forgotten, as is Tom Breneman, the smooth radio host responsible for both, the movie has a few good points if you're in an easy-going mood.

The radio show was hugely popular in the mid-Forties. Tom Breneman would wander through the audience which was seated at tables in a large restaurant, mike in hand, chatting up the middle-aged and older ladies, trading jokes and quips, kissing cheeks, awarding an orchid to the oldest woman there and putting on the silliest hat he could find. He was a master interviewer, completely shameless at chortling over his own jokes, and skillful at almost but not quite leading the ladies to make fools of themselves. He had a good thing going on radio, so why not try a movie? All he needed was a plot gimmick.

So we have the stories of several people who come to Breakfast in Hollywood one morning for the show, we see the show and then we see what happens to them after the show, with Breneman playing comforter and matchmaker. Among them are Dorothy Larson (Bonita Granville), young, sweet and looking for her Navy boyfriend; Elvira Spriggens (Zasu Pitts), feather-brained and wearing a hat that looks like a cross between a small dinosaur and a plumbing fixture; Mrs. Annie Reed (Beulah Bondi), a wise old woman who owns Tippy, her little dog who has the croup; and Ken Smith (Edward Ryan), a nice kid soon to be out of the Navy who by chance scores a ticket to the program from Tom Breneman himself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James J. Varela on January 27, 2007
Format: DVD
Anyone who has ever visited Hollywood and wakled down Vine St will find the ruins of Tom Breneman's famous Hollywood restaurant. (The Parking lot across the street was where the famous Brown Derby stood until 1984). From 1940 until Mr. Breneman's untimely death in 1948 Mr. Breneman hosted inside the restaurant the mega popular morning radio show "Breakfast in Hollywood". Often radio listeners would be surprised by Mr.Breneman who would reveal some major movie star who was in attendence such as Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, or Judy Garland. During WWII Mr. Breneman frequently gave free parties to servicemen on their way to and from the Pacific. This movie was made in 1946. This movie is did not transfer to DVD very well. Sound quality is at times poor and scratchy. Bonita Granville is at her loveliest in the movie and 40's crooner Andy Russell belts out some catchy tunes. You also get an early in his career appearence by Nat King Cole and another musical number by Spike Jones and his City Slickers. The DVD also includes a bonus episode of the 1950's episode of the tv show " You Asked For it ". On it host Art Baker takes the audience on a tour of 1954 Hollywood including homes of the stars. This movie is a monument to the great Hollywood , both industry and city, of the 1930's and 40's., it is such a sad and mediocre place today. You can visit Tom Breneman's grave on findagrave(dot.)com
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Celli,X,DJ.Cartoonist/Author on October 20, 2008
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STOP! LET ME QUALIFY MY 4 STAR RATING. I'VE BEEN A RADIO FAN SINCE I WAS 6 YEARS OLD. (RADIO DRAMA'S,SITCOMS,INTERVIEWS+MY OWN SHOW. I ALSO SUPPLIED KSFO IN THE EARLY 70'S WITH OTR.)
THE AVERAGE PERSON WOULD PROBABLY RATE THIS FILM 1 OR 2 STAR'S. TOM BRENEMAN WAS A RADIO
PERSONALITY. HE AND HIS BUSINESS PARTNER GOT THE IDEA FROM A WAITRESS TO USE HUMOR AND
INTERVIEWS AT A WELL KNOWN RESTAURANT IN THE MORNING. HE DEALT WITH MOSTLY OLDER WOMEN
AND SOME CELEBRITIES. ONE OF THE GIMMICKS WAS HAVING A CONTEST ON WHO WORE THE MOST
OUTRAGEOUS HAT. THE JOKES ARE AWFUL. BUT, THE MUSIC BRINGS UP THE RATING. THERE IS,NAT
(KING)COLE(2 SONGS.) ANDY (ANDREAS PEREZ)RUSSELL(3 SONGS WHICH INCLUDES HIS BIG HIT,"AMOR".
ALSO, SPIKE JONES&CITYSLICKERS(2 SONGS???) THERE IS A CUTE/CORNY LOVE STORY + BILLIE BURK'S
HUSBAND HAVING AN AFFAIR. 44 MINUTES INTO THE FILM THE SOUND GETS DISTORTED FOR 20 MINUTES.
BUT, YOU CAN UNDERSTAND 90% OF THE DIALOGUE. LUCKILY THE MUSIC IS UNTOUCHED BY THE OVER
BLOWN SOUND.
TOM BRENEMAN DIED (HEART ATTACK.) ABOUT A YEAR LATER AT THE AGE OF 46.
THIS IS A VERY CORNY MOVIE. BUT, NOSTALGIA FANS WILL RELIVE WHAT MOST OF US FELT WERE THE
SWEET GOOD OLD DAY'S.
BONUS;"YOU ASKED FOR IT" WITH HOST ART BAKER. THE TOUR THROUGH HOLLYWOOD IS A GREAT
SEGMENT. TOTAL TIME; 117 MINUTES.
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Breakfast in Hollywood is indeed based on a radio show of the same name with Tom Breneman as its host. (True, there may have been a little life left in the show after Breneman died all too soon but the show really didn't fare well without him.) When I read the reviews of the film here on Amazon, I was pretty sure I'd find myself watching a real stinker but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there are some qualities of the film that I genuinely like! Don't get me wrong--this is far from the best movie I've ever watched but I enjoyed it anyway even with the poor quality image and the sound quality not being too hot after the first 44 minutes or so at least on my copy of it. The sets are fairly well done with good choreography and cinematography but then again on the other hand there is the embarrassingly dated way of showing The King Cole Trio (with Nat "King" Cole) so segregated from the film that if you cut them out you wouldn't notice the difference! Look also for Andy Russell to give some nice performances even if they don't tie into the plot very well either and there's also Spike Jones and His City Slickers. I think the point to keep in mind is that the film is purely light-hearted entertainment that doesn't require you to think hard to enjoy it if you can accept that it truly needs a restoration and that The King Cole trio is remarkably segregated. The film also shows what everyday housewives were listening to on the radio back in the days before television and thus Breakfast in Hollywood actually has a historic quality to it, too!

The bulk of the film centers around Tom Breneman's "Breakfast in Hollywood" radio show and we meet quite a cast of characters all wanting to enjoy the show or somehow get into the act!
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