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The Christmas Party (1931)

Approved | | Short, Family | 17 December 1931 (USA)
Jackie wants to throw a Christmas party for his friends on his football team, but doesn't know how to go about it. His fellow stars at MGM decide to help him out.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles Riesner)

Writers:

Robert E. Hopkins (skit), Robert E. Hopkins (dialogue)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Lionel Barrymore (uncredited)
Wallace Beery ... Wallace Beery (uncredited)
Jackie Cooper ... Jackie (uncredited)
Marion Davies ... Marion Davies (uncredited)
Dorothy DeBorba ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Reginald Denny ... Reginald Denny (uncredited)
Marie Dressler ... Marie Dressler (uncredited)
Jimmy Durante ... Santa Claus (uncredited)
Cliff Edwards ... Cliff Edwards (uncredited)
Clark Gable ... Clark Gable (uncredited)
Charlotte Greenwood ... Charlotte Greenwood (uncredited)
Donald Haines Donald Haines ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Leila Hyams ... Leila Hyams (uncredited)
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Storyline

This MGM short film has Jackie Cooper asking his mom to host a Christmas party for the boys on his football team. She agrees but there are far too many kids to have it in her house so he gets permission from Louis B. Mayer to hold the party in one of MGM's many sound stages. As an extra added attraction, many MGM stars - including 'Clark Gable', Lionel Barrymore and Ramon Novarro to name only a few - serve the children their dinner. Written by garykmcd

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Short | Family

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackie Cooper's Christmas Party See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, Bette Davis does not appear in this short. "Miss Davis" is in fact Marion Davies. See more »

Crazy Credits

Some of the cast are credited by being called by their first or last names. Jerry Madden is credited by his name on his sweatshirt. See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857)
Written by James Pierpont
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Holiday Short Subject
1 October 1999 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

This hard-to-find little film was MGM's Christmas Short Subject for 1931 and it's a lot of fun for old movie buffs.

The plot (Jackie Cooper wants to give a Christmas dinner to his neighborhood pals and his friends at the studio lend a hand) is a mere contrivance to show as many of MGM's top talent as possible in 9 minutes. Norma Shearer - as Thalberg's wife she was Queen of the Lot - gets the most screen time. The enjoyment is in trying to put the correct moniker to all the others as they appear - most for only a few seconds.

In order of their appearance, here is a complete listing of the uncredited celebrities: Jackie Cooper, Norma Shearer, Jimmy Durante (dressed as Santa), Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Polly Moran, Reginald Denny, Clark Gable, Charlotte Greenwood, Lionel Barrymore, Leila Hyams, Cliff Edwards, Ramon Novarro, Marion Davies, and Anita Page.

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Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.


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