Pre Code Confidential #5: HOLLYWOOD PARTY (MGM 1934)


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One of the most bizarre films of the Pre-Code (or any) era is HOLLYWOOD PARTY. This practically plotless hodgepodge stars Jimmy Durante as jungle movie hero Schnarzan, whose films are tanking at the box office. The public has grown tired of his battles with “moth-eaten, toothless lions”, so his producer decides to buy new ones from the adventurer Baron Munchausen (radio star Jack Pearl doing his schtick). Schnarzan throws a big Hollywood party for the Baron, hoping to win his favor, but screen rival Liondola (dialect comic Georges Givot), disguising himself as the Grand Royal Duke of Peloponnesia, crashes the bash and tries to buy the lions for himself with the help of Oklahoma oil baron Harvey Crump (the perpetually perplexed  Charles Butterworth).

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All this is just an excuse for a series of unrelated comic bits featuring some of the era’s top funnymen. Durante, as the nominal star, gets the bulk of the material…

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2 responses to “Pre Code Confidential #5: HOLLYWOOD PARTY (MGM 1934)

  1. The MGM short subject GENTLEMEN OF POLISH(available on the Warner DVD CLASSIC SHORTS FROM THE DREAM FACTORY)has an a wonderful ballroom dance to the melody that became “Over and Over Again” in JUMBO that had been cut from HOLLYWOOD PARTY.

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