Hollywood Party (1934)
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The screen's great Schnarzan (Jimmy Durante) wants to wow the visiting Baron Munchausen (Jack Pearl, reprising his familiar vaudeville and radio character) by throwing him a big, bustling Tinseltown bash. Hollywood Party – 8 directors and 8 writers (2 credited) strong – is the wild, wildly inconsistent but ever fun musical-novelty result, packed with kicky dance montages offering pre-Code chorines and Berkeley-like kaleidoscopic shots, spiked with a color cartoon insert from Walt Disney, muscled up with Schnarzan's lion-wrasslin,' and thronged with notables (including Mickey Mouse, Ted Healy and his Stooges and Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy, who put an egg in Lupe Velez's shoe and are duly repaid). Dress to impress!
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Lupe Vélez and George Givot.The latter was to appear later in Hollywood Cavalcade in the silent portion as the villain,with Faye and Keaton.This film is a mixed bag of goodies.It does have some catchy numbers,the two best being its title song(which keeps cropping up in my head when I least expect it.....grrrrrr) and I've had my Moments.It is often billed as a Laurel and Hardy picture but The Boys were added later to give the film the lift it needed.I cannot imagine this film without them as they are the real highlight.Their eventual gag sequence with Lupe Velez with the eggs is the essence of pure and unadulterated comedy at its very finest.It should be taught in every school that has courses on film humour.Ted Healy appears with The Three Stooges,who would soon,thankfully ditch him and pursue their own path.Charles Butterworth does his usual mixed up/absent mindedness routine,and of course the picture's lynch pin is the veteran Jimmy Durante.He mugs his way through the whole picture but is at his best when he sings.The "comedic" material he is given isn't worth much.The whole picture's story is about a party given at Durante's place.In the end we see it was all a dream,kind of a cheat considering you don't know where or when he started dreaming.Also in the film is the Technicolour sequence of Disney's animation,the Hot Chocolate Soldiers.It is delightful and the colours are very good looking.I had never seen the sequence in colour before,even though I have seen the film countless times.
Unfortunately,like many of these singing and dancing extravaganzas of the period,there is just far too much of it,such as the overly long and coy number where Durante introduces the big game hunter just returned from Africa with the lions he wants to buy.Also some routines fall flat,such as Moran being seduced by Givot.This DVD has the trailer and an audio portion of the songs and alternates.
All in all,while noteworthy because of the inclusion of Laurel and Hardy with their famous Velez sequence,Hollywood Party is otherwise a ponderous mixed bag of nuts affair,that even in this 68 minute version,tests one's patience.It was not a critical or financial success in its day,and time hasn't been forgiving either.
Lupe Valez,Robert Young,Polly Moran,Charles Butterworth,Jack Healy,The Three Stooges,etc are all there.
Unwanted guests,Laurel and Hardy show up and become a major pest to the other guests.(Very Funny scene when Stan,Ollie,and Lupe have a free for all at the bar)
Jimmy,of course,steals the show as movie star,Schnazan(Tarzan,eat your heart out)
Note The Mickey Mouse and Disney cartoon Red Hot Chocolate Soildiers had been cut and lost for years.Now,its been restored.According to a Laurel and Hardy book there was a scene with The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf,but to my knowledge its still lost.Oh,well.Its not a perfect world.
Great songs and a very funny All Star Film.
Note Yet another funny scene with Jimmy VS Mickey.(Who will win????Watch it and see)
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