Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. April 19, 1930 (c.May 29, 1930; LP1336). Sd (Movietone); b&w. (Technicolor). 35mm. 13 reels, 9,125 ft. (SORRY NO TECHNICOLOR IN THIS PRINT)
Supervised: Elsie Janis. Directed by Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, Edmund Goulding, Victor Heerman, Edwin H. Knopf, Rowland V. Lee, Ernst Lubitsch, Lothar Mendes, Victor Schertzinger, Edward Sutherland, Frank Tuttle. Photographed by: Harry Fischbeck, Victor Milner, Set Design: John Wenger.
Songs: "Paramount on Parade Theme Song," "Any Time's the Time To Fall in Love," "What Did Cleopatra Say?" "I'm True to the Navy Now" Elsie Janis, Jack King. Song: "We're the Masters of Ceremony" Ballard MacDonald, Dave Dreyer. Song: "Torna a Sorrento" Leo Robin, Ernesto De Curtis. Songs: "I'm in Training for You," "Dancing To Save Your Sole" Song: "My Marine" Richard A. Whiting, Raymond B. Eagan. Song: "All I Want Is Just One Girl" Richard A. Whiting, Leo Robin. Song: "Sweepin' the Clouds Away" Sam Coslow. Dance & Ensemble directed by David Bennett.
CAST: Iris Adrian, Richard Arlen, Jean Arthur, Mischa Auer, William Austin, George Bancroft, Clara Bow, Evelyn Brent, Mary Brian, Clive Brook, Virginia Bruce, Nancy Carroll, Ruth Chatterton, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Cooper, Cecil Cunningham, Leon Errol, Stuart Erwin, Henry Fink, Kay Francis, Skeets Gallagher, Edmund Goulding, Harry Green, Mitzi Green, Robert Greig, James Hall, Phillips Holmes, Helen Kane, Dennis King, Abe Lyman and His Band, Fredric March, Nino Martini, Mitzi Mayfair, Marion Morgan Dancers, David Newell, Jack Oakie, Warner Oland, Zelma O'Neal, Eugene Pallette, Joan Peers, Jack Pennick, William Powell, Charles (Buddy) Rogers, Lillian Roth, Rolfe Sedan, Stanley Smith, Fay Wray.
INTRODUCTION: Jack Oakie, Skeets Gallagher, and Leon Errol open with "We're the Masters of Ceremony."
LOVE TIME: Charles Rogers and Lillian Roth with a boy-girl chorus on a cuckoo-clock set sing "Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love."
MURDER WILL OUT: a travesty on detective mysteries with William Powell as Philo Vance, Clive Brook as Sherlock Holmes, Eugene Pallette as Sergeant Heath, Warner Baxter as Dr. Fu Manchu, and Jack Oakie as the victim.
ORIGIN OF THE APACHE: a slapstick sketch with Maurice Chevalier and Evelyn Brent dancing in a bedroom, directed by Lubitsch.
IN A HOSPITAL: a comedy sketch with Leon Errol, Helen Kane, and David Newell.
IN A GIRL'S GYM: Jack Oakie as the instructor and Zelma O' Neal as the jealous sweetheart, including the song "I'm in Training for You."
THE MONTMARTRE GIRL: Ruth Chatterton in a Paris cafe sings "My Marine" to a quartette including Stuart Erwin, Stanley Smith, and Fredric March.
PARK IN PARIS: Chevalier as a Paris gendarme patrols a park singing "All I Want Is Just One Girl."
MITZI HERSELF: Mitzi Green sings the Chevalier song as Charlie Mack of Moran and Mack would sing it, then as Chevalier sings it.
THE SCHOOLROOM: Helen Kane is the teacher in a modernistic schoolroom singing "What Did Cleopatra Say?" to the children, who answer "Boop Boopa Doop."
DANCE MAD: Nancy Carroll, with chorus support and Abe Lyman's band, does "Dancing to Save Your Sole."
THE REDHEAD: Clara Bow appears with Jack Oakie, Skeets Gallagher, and a chorus of 42 sailors in "I'm True to the Navy Now.
IMPULSES: George Bancroft, at a social function with Kay Francis, William Austin, and others, demonstrates contrasts in social behavior.
THE RAINBOW REVELS: Chevalier and a girls' chorus appear as Paris chimney sweeps in the finale, singing "Sweepin' the Clouds Away." (All information from "The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films.")
NOTE: Until 1996, the only prints of Paramount on Parade available were missing the color sequences, each of which was a major musical number: "Sweeping the Clouds Away" with Chevalier; "Isidore the Toreador" with Harry Green; "Nichavo" with Dennis King," "Come Drink to the Girl of My Dreams" with an all-star cast; and "Torna a Surriento" with Nino Martini. (Fortunately, "Sweeping the Clouds" survived in a black and white version.)
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