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Paramount on Parade (1930)

Passed | | Music | 22 April 1930 (USA)
A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Arlen ... Hunter - Episode 'Dream Girl'
Jean Arthur ... Sweetheart - Episode 'Dream Girl'
George Bancroft ... Mug (Impulses)
Clara Bow ... Episode 'True to the Navy'
Evelyn Brent ... Bedroom Apache - Episode 'Origin of the Apache'
Mary Brian ... Sweetheart - Episode 'Dream Girl'
Clive Brook ... Sherlock Holmes (Murder Will Out)
Nancy Carroll ... Episode 'Dance Mad'
Maurice Chevalier ... Apache - Episode 'Origin of the Apache' / 'Park in Paris' / Finale
Gary Cooper ... Hunter - Episode 'Dream Girl'
James Hall ... Episode 'Dream Girl'
Dennis King ... Man to be Hanged - Episode 'The Gallows Song'
Abe Lyman ... Abe Lyman - Episode - 'Dance Mad'
William Powell ... Philo Vance (Murder Will Out)
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Buddy Rogers - Episode 'Love Time' (as Buddy Rogers)
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A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting singing "My Marine" (written by Richard A. Whiting and Raymond B. Eagan) to a group of U. S. Marines, including Stuart Eriwn, Stanley Smith and Frederic March; Buddy Rogers doing a song-duet with Lillian Roth called "Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love" (written by Elise Jans and Jack King), on a cuckoo-clock set; and Clara Bow singing and dancing in the "True To The Nany Now" number to a group of sailors. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Squads of sweeties Platoons of pippins Companies of cuties Brigades of beauties Divisions of dancers Armies of ace-actors Regiments of roaring comedians (Print Ad- The Leader-Post,((Regina, Saskatchewan)) 28 May 1930) See more »

Genres:

Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

22 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galas de la Paramount See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (existing print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)| Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (seven sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The Marx Brothers filmed a scene originating from their 1924 Broadway hit "I'll Say She Is", which was later deleted before release but was later placed in the promotional film The House That Shadows Built (1931). See more »

Goofs

The re-release opening credits credit producer Jesse L. Lasky as "Jessie" L. Lasky. See more »

Alternate Versions

An alternate French-language version, Paramount en parade, also produced by Paramount, featured many French movie stars of the time, as well as Maurice Chevalier and Nino Martini from the English version. See more »

Connections

References True to the Navy (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

All I Want Is Just One Girl
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
Sung also by Mitzi Green
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About what you'd expect from one of these films...and nothing more.
30 November 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

MGM made a film called "Hollywood Review of 1929" and it was a plot less picture consisting of nearly every MGM star singing and dancing--whether they liked it or not! This was because in 1929, folks LOVED talking pictures...particularly musicals with giant production numbers. The film also had some comedy and drama--making it a talent show more than anything else. The film was shot very quickly using several directors and made $1.1 million...a very tidy sum for the time. So, it's not surprising that rival studio Paramount would make their own version only a few months later. Both films lack coherent stories but are must-sees for old movie buffs, as it's great looking for all your favorite old time stars. A few of them, sadly, are very obscure and even the biggest movie buffs would be hard-pressed to recognize all of them. A few of the big and very recognizable stars include: William Powell, Clara Bow, Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Maurice Chevalier, Kay Francis, Frederic March and Warner Oland.

So is it any good? Well, as I mentioned above, there isn't a lot in the way of plot--just lots of little vignettes. And, sadly, portions of the film are missing today...and a recently completed restoration still lacks the opening credits and a few scenes and portions of the soundtrack. As for the acts, most of them are not good--very dated, the songs not memorable and the humor is quite forced. This is not a film you watch because it's fun or enjoyable....more a strange opportunity to see stars behaving very strangely! In particular, you can see Helen Kane--the inspiration for Betty Boop. But, because a living, talking Boop isn't that enjoyable, Ms. Kane ended up making few films. You also get to see some actors trying out outrageous accents or singing when they really aren't very good at singing--although I did enjoy hearing Clara Bow sing (though not necessarily well). And the dance numbers are mostly just strange to say the least. Overall, an odd curio that is NOT for the casual old movie buff (they'll hate it) but the die-hard fans looking for their favorite stars.


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