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Hollywood Party (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Short, Musical | 3 April 1937 (USA)
Elissa Landi and Charley Chase host a Chinese-themed tea party near the Southern California seashore complete with musical entertainment, a fashion show, and attended by Hollywood celebrities.


Roy Rowland


John W. Krafft (dialogue) (as John Krafft)

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Complete credited cast:
Elissa Landi ... Herself - the Hostess
Joe Morrison ... Himself - Singer
Leon Errol ... The Drunk
Al Lyons Band Al Lyons Band ... Themselves
Al Lyons Al Lyons ... Himself - Bandleader (as Al Lyons Band)
The Jones Boys The Jones Boys ... Themselves (as Jones Boys)
Ahern Sisters Ahern Sisters ... Themselves
Marcus Show Girls Marcus Show Girls ... Themselves


Elissa Landi and Charley Chase (playing Asian Charley Chan Chase) host an East Asian themed garden tea party in Hollywood. After introducing a few Hollywood luminaries who are attending the party, they present a number of musical and/or dance performances to entertain the crowd. This set of performances also includes ethnic Chinese actress Anna May Wong modeling some fashions she brought back from her first ever trip to China. Through it all, one of the guests, already inebriated, is having a few problems mixing and serving the cocktails he wants. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short | Musical







English | Mandarin

Release Date:

3 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Party in Technicolor See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was unseen for nearly 60 years until the Vitaphone Disk of the sound track was found in 2000 See more »


Charley Chan Chase - Co-Host: Charlie bring from Orient, very pretty present for charming hostess: Missy Lissy Landi. Thank you very much. Attention. Eeny, meeny, miny, mo, I bring you token from Tokyo.
[reveals two colorful parrots]
Herself - the Hostess: Oh, how sweet!
Charley Chan Chase - Co-Host: Old Chinese proverb say: When on visit always give hostess the bird.
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Crazy Credits

11 cast members, beginning with Charley Chase, are credited orally either by hostess Elissa Landi or co-host Charley Chase. See more »


The Glory of Love
Written by Billy Hill
Played by Al Lyons Band
Danced to by Sunnie O'Dea
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for its time
4 September 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

This is a 20 min short Chinese-themed outdoor garden party hosted by Elissa Landi and Charley Chase playing Charley Chan Chase. The performers are vaudevillian depictions of Chinese culture. It does have Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong doing a short presentation. Otherwise, it's mostly white performers dressed in Chinese costumes and one black comedy musical group.

On the technical side, this has the brilliant Technicolor. The green is brilliantly green. The primary colors really pop. It's a great example of early color on film. The production value is good for an outdoor party. Most comments are concentrating on the racial insensitivity. Let's be clear. This is racially insensitive... for today. They are however not mean-spirited in their depictions. It is a show of its time. Making the point even more clearer is the presence of Anna May Wong. I'm not saying it's right but it wasn't wrong back then. It's just very icky now. Otherwise, this is standard vaudeville of that era and it's hard to judge the skill level. It doesn't make me laugh but I do understand the attempted concepts. The colors are great and I always applaud any movie that would have Anna May Wong.

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