DVD Review “Hollywood Party”

Directed by: No director credited
Starring: Jimmy Durante, Laurel and Hardy, Jack Pearl, Polly Moran, Charles Butterworth
Eddie Quillan, June Clyde, Mickey Mouse, Lupe Vélez, George Givot, Richard Carle, Robert Young, Arthur Treacher, Joe E. Brown, Frances Williams, Ben Bard, Tom Kennedy
Ted Healy and His Stooges
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Archive
Running time: 68 minutes

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

This film really represents the classic MGM films from the 30’s. It is packed with such an amazing cast including all the greats Jimmy Durante, Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges and even an appearance from the animated Mickey Mouse. There is also a great animated short, “The Hot Choc-late Soldiers”, created by Walt Disney. This film is funny over the top and completely fun. Even though the talent is fantastic…the music in the film is simply fantastic and you can actually thank the great Irving Berlin for that.  Overall this is a must purchase for this classic gem.

I have to say that this is my first viewing of this film and I am very happy that I came across it. It is also the first time it is appearing on DVD, thanks again to the amazing WB Archive. The special features on the DVD are honestly amazing. There is the original trailer, which is cool to see especially since this film is from 1934. The best feature is an audio vault with 10 audio outtakes from the songs in the film. It also includes unused versions and alternate performances. It is really great to have a feature like this.

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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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