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Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove (1934)

Approved | | Short, Music | 1 December 1934 (USA)
Several members of MGM's 'galaxy of stars' attend an evening of music and a fashion show.


Louis Lewyn (uncredited)


Don Blanding (poem)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Carrillo ... Himself - Master of Ceremonies
The Debutantes The Debutantes ... Themselves
Eduardo Durant Eduardo Durant ... Tango Band Leader
Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band ... Themselves (as Edward Durant's Band)
Fanchon and Marco Girls Fanchon and Marco Girls ... Models
El Brendel ... Himself
Mary Brian ... Herself
Cornelia 'Connie' Brown Cornelia 'Connie' Brown ... Herself
Johnny Mack Brown ... Himself
Candy Candido ... Himself
Gary Cooper ... Himself
Richard Cromwell ... Himself
Bing Crosby ... Himself
DeGage DeGage ... Speciality Dancer
James Ellison ... Himself


Hollywood's famous Cocoanut Grove nightclub stages a Star Night-only musical revue in which many Hollywood actors attend. Staged is the operative word. Entertainers include Ted Fio Rito and his orchestra, Eduardo Durant's Tango Band, and the Fancho & Marco Sunkist Beauties. Leo Carrillo acted as the Master of Ceremonies, and introduces a galaxy of stars from their tables. Those higher on the 1935 pecking order, Mary Pickford, Jack Oakie, Arline Judge, Bing Crosby and Gary Cooper, come to the microphone and do a bit...mostly chit-chatting bits. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

1 December 1934 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film short is included as an extra in the Warner DVD of The Gay Divorcee (1934). See more »


Featured in Tango Bar (1987) See more »


Jungle Drums
Written by Ernesto Lecuona
Played by Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band and danced by Kirby and DeGage
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Gary Cooper and Richard Cromwell
19 January 2008 | by jeffhanna3See all my reviews

One of the most interesting things about this Technicolor short is that Gary Cooper and Richard Cromwell, co-stars in "Lives of a Bengal Lancer," and both looking ravishingly handsome, appear to be on a date with one another. There have long been rumors that Cromwell, well-known to be gay, had a fling with Cooper at exactly the time this short was made. The two "bachelors" certainly look extremely happy while sharing a table together.

Cooper's relationship (in the late twenties) with another boyish-looking, openly-gay actor named Anderson Lawler (they shared a house and were termed "best friends" by movie columnists), is well-documented in the fascinating book "Behind the Screen - How Gays and Lesbians shaped Hollywood 1910 - 1969" by William J. Mann.

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