Series: Feature

Director: Richard Boleslawski, Allan Dwan, Edmund Goulding, Russell Mack, Charles Riesner, Roy Rowland, George Stevens, Sam Wood
Producer: Harry Rapf, Howard Dietz
Screenplay: Howard Dietz, Arthur Kober
Photography: James Wong Howe
Editor: George Boemler
Sound: Douglas Shearer

Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Durante, Jack Pearl, Polly Moran, Charles Butterworth, Eddie Quinlan, June Clyde, Lupe Velez, George Givot, Tom Kennedy
Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: 24 May 1934
Length: 68 mins
Production No.: #695
Filming dates: March 1933 - March 1934
Rating: 5/10

Hollywood Party


Movie producer Mr. Knapp arrives at the theatre just in time to catch the trailer to his latest blockbuster: "Schnarzan The Conquerer" (Jimmy Durante in a Tarzan routine) but he leaves soon after when a patron rubbishes the film. A fellow film producer by the name of Buddy Goldfarb is on hand to assure the theatre manager that his new attraction, "Liondorra", will fill the seats in the theatre. The manager isn't impressed with either man and advises them to use REAL lions in their pictures in order to make money. Knapp learns that Baron Munchausen, a big lion tamer is due in town and vows to hire his animals before his rival can. So Schnarzan decides to throw a big party and welcome the baron. Word gets around and the guest list grows but one person who isn't invited is the co-star of his last picture, Lupe Velez, who telephones Schnarzan to berate him.
After 'Hollywood Party' is sung and performed by Frances Williams and twelve dancers with extremely short skirts, we resume the film.... with guests arriving at the Hotel Hollywood and getting into a crowded elevator before making their way to the Schnarzan residence.

Favourite bit

Copyrighted May 14, 1934.
Laurel and Hardy scenes: September 21-24, 1933; retakes circa March 11-12, 1934.
In the opening scene there are movie posters showing pictures of Norma Shearer and Wallace Beery. Both these actors appeared in "The Stolen Jools" along with Laurel and Hardy in 1931.
At the beginning of the film we see the final shots from Greta Garbo’s film “Queen Christina” (1933).
During the trailer for Schnarzan The Conquerer, Lupe Velez comes rushing out of the bushes with her breasts bouncing all over the place. So much so that she even has to put her hands over them as she runs towards the camera. If you watch the scene frame-by-frame I think you can make out her puppies!
There are multiple risque shots shown of women in a state of undress (and one naked woman in silhouette which clearly shows her nipple) during the "Hollywood Party" song at around 10 minutes 40 seconds.

What the experts say
"The Laurel & Hardy scenes steal an otherwise average movie." ~ Lord Heath.

Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Jimmy Durante
Jack Pearl
Baron Munchausen
Polly Moran
Henrietta Clemp
Charles Butterworth
Harvey Clemp
Eddie Quillan
Bob Benson
June Clyde
Linda Clemp
Lupe Velez
The Jaguar Woman/
Jane in Schnarzan sequence/
George Givot
Liondora a.k.a. Grand Royal Duke
Richard Carle
Ernie Alexander
Servant at party
Ben Bard
Harry Barris
Singer of 'Feelin' High'
Arthur Jarrett
Singer of 'Feelin' High'
Shirley Ross
Singer of 'Feelin' High'
George Beranger
Durante's barber
Sidney Bracey
Durante's butler
Ben Carter
Elevator operator
Baldwin Cooke
Ray Cooke
Movie patron
Ray Corrigan
Ping Pong, the gorilla
Sherry Hall
Butler mising drinks
Tom Herbert
Tenen Holtz
Bald man in elevator
Tom Kennedy
Larry Fine
Autograph seeker
Moe Howard
Autograph seeker
Curly Howard
Autograph seeker
Ted Healy
The King's Men
Leonid Kinskey
Jackie the cabbie
Tom London
Paul Revere
Edwin Maxwell
Buddy Goldfarb
Jeanne Olsen
Mrs. Jimmy Durante
Jed Prouty
Theatre manager
Henry Roquemore
Eddie Tamblyn
Bob's friend
Edward Thomas
Arthur Treacher
Durante's butler
Frances Williams
Singer of 'Hollywood Party'
Florence Wix
Party guest in elevator
Robert Young
Himself, radio announcer
Frank Austin
Scientific pedant
Nora Cecil
Scientific pedant
Richard Cramer
Scientific pedant
Ferdinand Gottschalk
Scientific pedant
Clarence Wilson
Scientific pedant
Pauline Brooks
Show girl
Ruth Channing
Show girl
Marta DeVeaux
Show girl
Celeste Edwards
Show girl
Kay Gordon
Show girl
Irene Hervey
Show girl
Iris Lancaster
Show girl
Florine McKinney
Show girl
Claire Meyers
Show girl
Linda Parker
Show girl
Dorothy Short
Show girl
Martha Sleeper
Show girl
Marcia Ralston
Show girl
Jack Byron
Party guest
Jay Eaton
Party guest
Bill Elliott
Party guest
Muriel Evans
Party guest
Bess Flowers
Party guest
Julia Griffith
Party guest
Larry Steers
Party guest
Mickey Mouse
Walt Disney
Voice of Mickey Mouse
Billy Bletcher
Voice of Big Bad Wolf



Laurel And Hardy: The Magic Behind The Movies by Randy Skretvedt (book)
Rick Greene (lobby cards)

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