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Paramount On Parade (1930)
Starring Nancy Carroll and Maurice Chevalier

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Considered the best of the all-star "studio" musicals of 1929 and 1930, Paramount on Parade utilized the talents of practically everyone on the Paramount Pictures payroll. Under the supervision of British musical-comedy favorite Elsie Janis, 11 top directors contributed to the project: Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, Edmund Goulding, Victor Heerman, Edwin H. Knopf, Rowland V. Lee, Ernst Lubitsch, Lothar Mendes, Victor Schertzinger, Edward Sutherland and Frank Tuttle. Introduced by masters of ceremonies Jack Oakie, Skeets Gallegher and Leon Errol, the film is a vaudeville-like maelstrom of musical duets, comedy sketches, occasional dramatic interludes, and spectacular production numbers. To mention all the highlights would take a book in itself but among them are Nancy Carroll's rendition of "Dancing to Save Your Sole" (performed inside a giant shoe!); Maurice Chevalier (and chorus) soaring heavenward in "Sweeping the Clouds Away" ; child actress Mitzi Green's dead-on impersonations of Chevalier, George Arliss, Moran & Mack and Helen "Boop-a-doop" Kane; Ernst Lubitsch's witty staging of an Apache dance in the style of a polite boudoir farce, with Chevalier (again) and Evelyn Brent; Clara Bow's saucy "I'm True to the Navy Now" ; the wish-fulfillment sketch "Impulses," in which George Bancroft and Kay Francis delightedly upset a dinner party by saying what's really on their minds; and best of all, "Murder Will Out," a murder-mystery parody wherein Fu Manchu (Warner Oland) bumps off Sherlock Holmes (Clive Brook) and Philo Vance (William Powell) when they refuse to give him proper credit for his killing of Jack Oakie. Only the dramatic sketch with Frederic March and Ruth Chatterton truly creaks when seen today. Originally released at 102 minutes, Paramount on Parade is presently available only in an 80-minute version, with all its Technicolor sequences missing: casualties include the elaborate "Drink to the Girl of My Dreams" number, directed by Edmund Goulding and featuring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur and Fay Wray, and Harry Green's dialect song "Isadore the Toreodor".
Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, Edmund Goulding, Victor Heerman, Edwin H Knopf, Rowland W Lee, Ernst Lubitsch, Lothar Mendes, Victor Schertzinger, A. Edward Sutherland, Frank Tuttle

Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Stars: Jean Arthur, Clara Bow, Maurice Chevalier, Jean Arthur, Clive Brook, Nancy Carroll, Gary Cooper, William Powell, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Fay Wray, Fredric March, Ruth Chatterton, Jack Oakie, Kay Francis, Phillips Holmes
Songs include:

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

Sweepin' the Clouds Away
Written by Sam Coslow
Performed by Maurice Chevalier and chorus
Also played over opening titles

Anytime's the Time to Fall in Love
Written by Elsie Janis and Jack King
Performed by Lillian Roth, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers and chorus

I'm True to the Navy Now
Written by Elsie Janis and Jack King
Performed by Clara Bow

Paramount on Parade
Written by Elsie Janis and Jack King

Dancing to Save Your Sole
Written by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer
Performed by Nancy Carroll and Al Norman, accompanied by Abe Lyman and his orchestra

Drink to the Girl of Your Dreams
Written by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer

I'm in Training for You
Written by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer
First danced by Mitzi Mayfair and chorus
Then sung and danced by Jack Oakie and Zelma O'Neal

My Marine
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Sung by Ruth Chatterton

Come Back to Sorrento
Music by Ernesto De Curtis
New lyrics by Leo Robin

What Did Cleopatra Say
Written by Elsie Janis and Jack King
Performed by Helen Kane with children, including Mitzi Green

We're the Masters of Ceremony
Written by Ballard MacDonald and Dave Dreyer
Performed by Jack Oakie, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher and Leon Errol

Nichavo!
Music by Mana-Zucca
Lyrics by Helen Jerome

I'm Isadore the Toreador
Written by Dave Franklin

Of the original 20 individual sequences, seven of them were filmed in 2-strip Technicolor: the opening sequence: 'Showgirls on Parade', Nino Martini's 'Come Back to Sorrento,' Harry Green's 'Isadore the Toreador' with Kay Francis, Dennis King's 'Nitchavo,' 'Girl of My Dreams', with Richard Arlen, Jean Arthur, Mary Brian, Virginia Bruce, Gary Cooper, James Hall, Phillips Holmes, David Newell, Joan Peers, and Fay Wray, of which only the B&W introduction survives, and the 'Rainbow Revels' finale featuring Maurice Chevalier singing 'Sweeping the Clouds Away', which also survives in B&W. The total Technicolor footage was 2517 feet (768 m), or about 28 minutes.
Jeanette MacDonald's participation in Nino Martini's "Song of the Gondolier" musical number was cut from the US version before it was released, but may survive in the Spanish version of the film.
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).
Marlene Dietrich was originally announced to host the German language version of this film, but that never materialized. She allegedly filmed a sequence with her trademark tuxedo and top hat directed by Josef von Sternberg but whereabouts of this footage remain unknown.
Paramount on Parade, released on April 22, 1930, was Paramount's answer to all-star revues like Hollywood Revue of 1929 from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, The Show of Shows from Warner Bros., and King of Jazz from Universal Studios.
A large number of foreign-language versions were shot. Galas de la Paramount (Spanish) premiered in Buenos Aires 28 August 1930 and in Los Angeles 7 September 1930; with Ramón Pereda, Barry Norton, Rosita Moreno. Paramount en parade (French) with Maurice Chevalier, Nino Martini, Saint-Granier, Marguerite Moreno, Louis-Jacques Boucot, Fanny Clair, and Charles de Rochefort (Rochefort also directed). Parada Paramount (Romanian) with Pola Illéry; directed by Rochefort. Paramount op Parade (Dutch) with Theo Frenkel Jr., Mien Duymaer van Twist, and Louis Davids; directed by Job Weening. At Paramount's Hollywood studio, Ernst Rolf and his Norwegian wife, Tutta Rolf, filmed introductions and sequences for the Scandinavian version. Japanese comedian Suisei Matsui introduced the film in Japan. Mira Zimińska and Mariusz Maszynski appeared in the Polish version, and Dina Gralla and Eugen Rex appeared in the German version. Paramount filmed most of the above versions, along with Czech, Hungarian, Serbian, and Italian versions, at their Joinville Studios in Paris.
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