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An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee (1930)

Mr. and Mrs. Warner Bros. Pictures and their precocious offspring, Little Miss Vitaphone, host a dinner in honor of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee, attended by most of the major players and song writers under contract to WB at that time.

Director:

John G. Adolfi

Writers:

Sidney D. Mitchell (as Sidney Mitchell), Archie Gottler | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Otis Skinner ... Mr. Warner Bros. Pictures
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Warner Bros. Pictures
Betty Jane Graham ... Little Miss Vitaphone
Loretta Young ... Herself
Walter Pidgeon ... Himself
Sidney Blackmer ... Himself
Claudia Dell ... Herself
Evalyn Knapp ... Herself
James Rennie ... Himself
Louise Fazenda ... Herself
Fred Kohler ... Himself
Leon Janney ... Himself
Walter Huston ... Himself
Ona Munson ... Herself
Lawrence Gray ... Himself
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Mr. and Mrs. Warner Bros. Pictures and their precocious offspring, Little Miss Vitaphone, host a dinner in honor of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee, attended by most of the major players and song writers under contract to WB at that time.

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Short | History | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warner Bros. Jubilee Dinner See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The title seems strange, considering Warner Bros. Pictures was nowhere near 25 years old when this short was released in 1930. However, Warner had absorbed the silent-era Vitagraph company, established in 1905. So if Vitagraph is included in the company history, the Warner firm had 25 years of experience. See more »

Quotes

Little Miss Vitaphone: [Introducing guests at dinner] Oh look!
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Crazy Credits

All the guest stars are identified verbally by Betty Jane Graham as she introduces them. She also mentions the new song "In Memory of You." See more »

Connections

References The Bad Man (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Played during the opening credits
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Less than meets the eye
15 November 2006 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

I'm giving this short subject a few points more than it deserves, because there are some faces in it that one rarely if ever saw or heard in early talkies. Among them are Broadway stars Otis Skinner (see OUR HEARTS WERE YOUNG AND GAY and KISMET), and Marilyn Miller, as well as young Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II, Al Dubin, and such faces as Walter Huston, Frank McHugh, Joan Blondell, Edward G. Robinson, Walter Pidgeon, Loretta Young, Sidney Blackmer, and Ona Munson. I can even add the Fred Kohler Sr. and Beryl Mercer. It's pleasant seeing faces of some importance or still vibrant memory there.

But having said that I look at the bulk of the celebrities. The chief spokesperson is a young girl, Betty Jane Graham, as "Little Miss Vitaphone". Vitaphone, of course, was the process that the Warners used to bring talkies to Hollywood. Ms Graham is polite and well spoken. She is a pretty child. That said, there has absolutely no spark of talent or panache in her. If you check the thread on her, she had a career into the 1940s, but increasingly it fell into not even supporting parts but extras. Finally she must have gotten the message and left films entirely.

I have heard of Evelyn Knapp (barely) and Louis Fazenda, but who on earth are Leon Janney (any relation to television star Alison Janney?), Claudia Dell, or James Rennie? The stars of tomorrow. Their credits barely suggest anything.

In the other comments on this thread, there are complaints that the brothers Warner failed to use such figures as George Arliss, Richard Barthelmess, or (my God, how could they?!) John Barrymore. Yes, indeed, they did. They also did not bring in their champion man of song Mr. Al Jolson. A song is sung at the end by some well intentioned crooner with a forgettable name, who looks like he's got a great future in half-empty concert halls. He is warbling a slightly passable ditty with words by Mr. Dubin. As I listened to him sing this, and saw Ms Miller was in that room, I wanted to cry. The tune is not a standard, but with a bit of friendly or sexy push it might have been. Or if Mr. Jolson had been around it might have been.

I take it this was done as publicity (to show off some of the big and so-called promising names) for the studio. As such they may have grabbed whoever was available (due to shooting schedules) on that day or two it was shot. So, as a museum piece it is curious enough to merit a "7" out of generosity to Otis and Marilyn in particular. But otherwise I felt like a lot of good film stock was wasted in this work.


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