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Breakfast In Hollywood
Starring Tom Breneman and Bonita Granville

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Breakfast in Hollywood was loosely based on the ABC radio program of the same name. Tom Breneman, the series' host, appears as himself in a contrived story about a radio personality attempting to smooth the path of true love for heroine Dorothy (Bonita Granville) and hero Ken (Edward Ryan); he also helps the wife (Billie Burke) of a philanderer (Raymond Walburn) and assists a charity-minded matron (Beulah Bondi). The plot can be forgotten, and in fact is forgotten as a parade of guest stars-Andy Russell, The King Cole Trio, Spike Jones et. al.-do their specialties. Columnist Hedda Hopper also makes a brief appearance. After years in obscurity, Breakfast in Hollywood resurfaced in the mid-1970s when it was first offered on the 8-millimeter home movie market. In England, where the original radio series was unknown, the film was retitled The Mad Hatter (evidently a reference to Hedda Hopper's bizarre headgear!)
Director: Harold D. Schuster
Writer: Earl Baldwin

Stars: Tom Breneman, Bonita Granville, Beulah Bondi, Edward Ryan, Ray Walburn, Billie Burke, Zasu Pitts, Hedda Hopper, Andy Russell, Spike Jones, Nat 'King' Cole, Herman Bing
Songs include:

Hedda Hopper's Hats
Written by Spike Jones and Jack Elliott
Performed by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
Vocalist Del Porter

Glow Worm
Music by Paul Lincke
Lyrics by Lilla Cayley Robinson
Performed by Spike Jones and His City Slickers

It's Better To Be By Yourself
Written by Nat 'King' Cole, Robert Wells and Howard Leeds
Performed by The King Cole Trio

Solid Potato Salad
Written by Gene de Paul, Don Raye and Hugh Prince
Performed by The King Cole Trio

If I Had a Wishing Ring
Music by Louis Alter
Lyrics by Marla Shelton
Performed by Andy Russell

Magic Is the Moonlight
Music by María Grever
English Lyrics by Charles Pasquale
Performed by Andy Russell

Amor
Music by Gabriel Ruiz
Spanish lyrics by Ricardo López Méndez
English lyrics by Sunny Skylar
Performed by Andy Russell

Joan Crawford and Hal Le Sueur's mother, Anna Belle Johnson (listed as Anna LeSuer), had a small part in the restaurant scene.
A woman comes to Hollywood to meet her fiancé, who does not show up. Given a ticket to a radio show, she meets a sailor who was a friend of her fiancé. The sailor falls in love with the girl, before he tells her that her fiancé had married someone else. The girl, angry with the boy's advances leaves on a bus to return to her home in Minnesota. The radio program host plays a fairy godmother role, having the police arrest the girl, and reunite the couple, who decide to get married.
The film was inspired by the popular thirty-minute radio program "Breakfast in Hollywood," hosted by Tom Breneman. When the program began in the early 1940s it was known as "Breakfast at Sardi's." From its beginnings as an ad for Sardi's (a popular New York restaurant frequented by celebrities), the program went national in August 1941. In 1945, Breneman bought his own restaurant at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood and the show became known as "Tom Breneman's Hollywood" and then "Breakfast in Hollywood." It was still a popular program when Breneman died suddenly on April 28, 1948. With new host Garry Moore, the program ran until 1949.
One scene is not to be missed: Breneman greeting Hedda Hopper at her table to discuss her hat, which leads to Hopper introducing Breneman to her friends at the table—Gary Cooper's mother, Joan Crawford's mother, and Breneman's own mother! (Hopper herself is very funny in her scenes in the picture.)
Order this rarely-seen and hard-to-find classic today for the low price of $5.99.
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