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Hollywood on Parade No. B-1 (1934)

Short film in which Frankie Darro as a Telegram delivery boy visits various Hollywood locations to make deliveries. He visits the Los Angeles Pier and a Gala Hollywood Premiere.


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Uncredited cast:
George Bancroft ... Himself (uncredited)
Mary Boland ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leo Carrillo ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (uncredited)
Virginia Cherrill ... Herself (uncredited)
Claudette Colbert ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Constance Cummings ... Herself (uncredited)
Frankie Darro ... Himself (uncredited)
Richard Dix ... Himself (uncredited)
Norman Foster ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Gargan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paulette Goddard ... Herself (uncredited)
Cary Grant ... Himself (uncredited)
Jean Harlow ... Herself (uncredited)
Miriam Hopkins ... Herself (uncredited)


Short film filled with cameo appearances by many of the top film stars of the time. The best scene is at the film premiere, apparently the premiere was a costume event and many of the stars are dressed in various costumes. The stars would stop and pose for the newsreel cameras and then Frankie Darro would go up to them and either ask for an autograph or tell the stars he is there to deliver a telegram. Apparently the stars didn't know they were being filmed for a short subject. This film has a sound track and you can hear many of the stars make remarks to Darro, oblivious to the fact that they were being filmed. Constance Cummings tells Darro "her hands are shaking she is so cold." Paulette Goddard says to Darro "you have makeup on." When Charlie Chaplin asks for the telegram, he is told by Darro that "the envelops is empty." Look for a young Jean Harlow on the arm of George Raft and Arline Judge. This film is part of the added features on the double feature DVD by Catcom Home Video ... Written by Steven Bibb

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2 March 1934 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The Sidewalks of New York
Music by Charles Lawlor
Played on the harmonica
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22 June 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Frankie Darro links together three vignettes as a telegram messenger in a series of blackouts in this entry in Paramount's "Hollywood on Parade" series of one-reelers. The series was produced from 1932-1934 by Lew Llewyn and was intended to let audiences see the stars outside of their usual feature roles.

Most of the stars seen were Paramount contract players at the time, although not exclusively so. Charlie Chaplin shows up in the company of Paulette Goddard -- they were dating at the time. Cary Grant is seen buying roses for his current wife, Virginia Cherril. Although it is all very clearly staged, this was a popular sort of short subject at the time and noteworthy because it offered the stars as normal people instead of the freaks that so many celebrity featurettes seem to offer these days.

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