Series: All Stars

Director: Gus Meins
Producer: Hal Roach
Photography: Kenneth Peach
Editor: William H. Terhune
Sound: Harry Baker

Stars: Douglas Wakefield, Billy Nelson, Billy Gilbert, Billy Bletcher, Maidena Armstrong, Don Barclay
Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: 26 May 1934
Length: 2 reels
Production No.: B-1
Filming dates:
Rating: -/10

Movie Daze

A middle-aged woman approaches Billy Gilbert with a potential script for a new movie and wants her two sons to star. Gilbert politely tells her that the idea stinks. The two sons (Wakefield, Nelson) argue over a scene they try to act out in front of Gilbert when the property man (Rogers) comes into the office with a microphone, asking Gilbert if the equipment is suitable for his needs. When the woman offers $50,000 for Gilbert to take the project, his ears prick up immediately! The horseplay between the two sons continues, resulting in an arrow being fired into the script and pinning it to the wall before Nelson ending up rear-ended into a trash can.
"After weeks of preparation, Director Schmaltz was ready to shoot 'The Romance Of A Loaf Of Bread' - - and hang Mrs. Van Ritrenrich and her sons! - -" On the set, the tomfoolery continues as the two brothers wreacks havoc with the film reel, wrapping it around themselves and liking it to noodles. The film cameraman (Eddie Dunn) is less than impressed. Eventually, director Gilbert takes to his chair and calls action on the filming.


Copyrighted May 29, 1934.
One source states that filming took place May 15 to 20, 1934, but it was almost certainly 1933, since that would not only give it a Monday through Saturday schedule, but would allow for the release dates of the later 'B' productions. Also, the working title was "Yeast Is West," which is listed by Richard Lewis Ward as a Nov. 11, 1933, release.
The name of the film they are trying to shoot is "The Romance Of A Loaf Of Bread".
Mrs. Van Ritrenrich offers Schmaltz $50,000 to make the film.

Douglas Wakefield
Billy Nelson
Billy Gilbert
Billy Bletcher
Maidena Armstrong
Mrs. Van Ritrenritch
Don Barclay
Charlie Hall
Stage hand
Charley Rogers
Film prop master
Eddie Dunn
Film cameraman
James C. Morton
Mr. Morton
Tiny Sandford
Stage hand

CREDITS (click image to enlarge)

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