41. The Stolen Jools (1931)- All star comedy two reeler talkie.
This unique movie was made to raise funds for the National Artists Tuberculosis Sanitarium in New York, in conjunction with the sponsorship of Chesterfield Cigarettes. After the show was screened, donations were encouraged.
An interesting curiosity featuring top Hollywood stars of the 1920's and particularly the 1930's. The studios released their actors to participate in the charity as it was during the worst years of the Great Depression and the luminaries giving up their time for free. Yet although the plot is weak and often fragmented, loosely based around the theft of valuable jewellery its novelty and charm keeps you intrigued even after 86 years. A must for movie historians!
See if you can spot the stars!
I do love this movie!
You keep coming up with gems, John--or should I say "jools." This looks really fun. I'm going to watch it on YouTube.
42. Pat and Mike - This is my favorite of the nine pairings of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Hepburn plays a talented athlete and Tracy her promoter. She is an all-around athlete, but her best sport is golf. In one tournament, she plays against Babe Zaharias (playing herself). There are quite a few other sports celebrities who also play themselves in this film.
43. Has anyone mentioned "Stage Door Canteen" from 1943? The wartime cafe which hosts the lonely soldiers is staffed with many film and theatre stars. Buster Keaton is waiting tables, George Raft is washing dishes, and dozens of stars are performing for the men. At the end, Katharine Hepburn gives a stirring speech.
Just checked, its not been mentioned. So all good for Entry # 43! :D
This is, I think, the only one of the WWII patriotic fundraisers the studios made that I haven't yet seen. But I would love to, especially since this is the only movie (as far as I know) that has both Katharine Hepburn and Harpo Marx in it. Now that is a strange combination! LOL
Welcome to the game, Tiffany!
44. Star Spangled Rhythm - This is another of those patriotic fundraisers, this one made by Paramount and filled with their stars (and a few directors), including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Cecil B. DeMille, Preston Sturges, and many others, most of whom play themselves.
Here's what's been named so far:
1. The Glenn Miller Story – Louis Armstrong
2. Anchors Aweigh – José Iturbi
3. That Touch of Mink – NY Yankees
4. High Society – Louis Armstrong
5. Two Guys From Milwaukee – Bogie and Bacall
6. Dear Brigitte – Brigitte Bardot
7. Hollywood Canteen – Joan Leslie & many others
8. Abbott and Costello in Hollywood – Lucille Ball & others
9. The Band Wagon – Ava Gardner
10. Speedy – Babe Ruth
11. This Is the Army – Irving Berlin, Kate Smith
12. Here Comes the Groom – Dorothy Lamour & others
13. Dancing Lady – Fred Astaire
14. Fantasia – Leopold Stokowski & Mickey Mouse
15. Why Him? – KISS band members
16. To Hell and Back – Audie Murphy
17. Sunset Boulevard – Cecil B. DeMille & others
18. The Reluctant Dragon – Walt Disney
19. Three Daring Daughters – José Iturbi
20. The Great Ziegfeld – Fannie Brice & others
21. The Pride of the Yankees – Babe Ruth
22. Stormy Weather – Fats Waller, Cab Calloway
23. Ziegfeld Follies – Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly
24. It’s in the Bag – Jack Benny
25. The Package – Ike Pappas
26. Head – The Monkees
27. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
28. The Singing Nun – Ed Sullivan
29. Rock Around the World – Tommy Steele
30. The Holiday – Dustin Hoffman
31. Annie Hall – Dick Cavett, Marshall McLuhan
32. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao – Tony Randall
33. Mighty Joe Young – Primo Carnera
34. Space Jam – Michael Jordan
35. The Five Pennies – Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby
36. Airport 75 – Gloria Swanson
37. I Love Lucy episode – William Holden
38. Without Reservations – Cary Grant, Delores Moran, Jack Benny, Louella Parsons
39. On the Wrong Trek – Laurel & Hardy
40. Ball of Fire – Gene Krupa
41. The Stolen Jools
42. Pat and Mike – Babe Zaharias
43. Stage Door Canteen
44. Star Spangled Rhythm - most of the Paramount stars
There are still a couple of those all-star wartime musicals we haven't yet named (hint).
45. "Variety Girl" from 1947. Mary Hatcher plays Catherine Brown, a girl who goes to Hollywood to break into the film industry. Her friend steals her stage name, Amber Lamonte, and zanily tries to steal her opportunities. Olga San Juan is hilarious in this role. Like most Hollywood pictures, this has lots of cameos in it. Practically every actor at Paramount is featured. There are Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Barry Fitzgerald, Spike Jones, and director George Marshall, to name a few. One of the funniest moments is when Amber Lamonte is getting her screen test. She serves her husband, William Bendix, grapefruit, and he smashes it into her face. This is a hilarious parody on the grapefruit scene in "The Public Enemy." It's a very entertaining picture.