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FUN IS FOUND BY FILM STARS IN NEW FROLIC Any show which consists of great degree of amusing sketches usually goes in for some spoofing current plays of screen or stage, some notable personalities, or trends in entertaining the public. "Paramount on Parade," the intimate intimate film frolic which comes to Paramount theatre soon, is distinctive distinctive among other respects,' in joshes itself at such moments. Precedent for such a novel procedure was set in the Hollywood of Paramoun; before this picture was started by none other than Maurice Chevalier. While the idol of the French stage was making first talking picture, "Innocents Paris," in the film center, he enjoyed nothing better, after making sequence, than to rally around Harry D'Arrast, a fellow Frenchman, and other kindred spirits, and on a rollicking, impromptu travesty of the scenes he had just been making. ENTERTAINING STYLE This method was so infectiously entertaining that it was incorporated incorporated in some of the scenes of "Paramount on Parade" though of in not all. It had offered Chevalier a chance to relax and be irresistibly jolly, and it enabled some of the three dozen brilliant stars of the company included in "Paramount Parade" to relax likewise and convey to the spectator a sense of enjoyable closeup of his favorites during an informal moment in studio between scenes. Instead of conventional burlesque of current shows, half of which not been seen .by the audience therefore robbed of their meaning, these take-offs in the big Paramount party were designed to be much more to the point, since they are good-natured satire of acts which the audience had just seen', or had the authentic ring of familiarity. familiarity. For instance, here are some the travesties in this production: A take-off is presente_d on detective detective murder mysteries, of which Paramount has produced a large In "Murder Will Out," William Powell gives a new slant on Fhilo whom he has portrayed seriously a number of the S. S. Van series on the screen. Clive Brook gives a different angle on Sherlock Holmes, whom he impersonated in "The Return of Sherlock Holmes." Warner Oland indicates an amusing side of Fu Manchu, whom he created on the screen and whom has portrayed in the sequel, "The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu." Eugene Pallette is again Sergeant Heath, the pompous, growling foil to Philo Vance whom he has acted several times. And the irressible Jack is the victim in the case, who usually has far less buoyancy than displays. CHEVALIER SINGS Chevalier, as a Paris gendarme watching park lovers on the sings, "All I Want Is Just One slyly spoofing the fact that he is generally considered irresistible on the screen. Then little Mitzi Green mimics the song as Mack of and Mack, the Two Black Crows, would sing it, and again as Chevalier Chevalier himself sang it. Helen Kane, known for her boopa doop" yodeling, has a skit around this when she plays a modernistic school teacher who leads class in singing "What Did Cleopatra Cleopatra Say?" Followers of Miss are allowed one guess as to the answer. There is even a number which draws fun from "The Vagabond King." Kennis King is again about to be hanged in technicolor. Skeets Gallagher rushes on and demands that the victim sing for "Paramount on Parade" before he choked by the rope. Whereupon King sings a stirring song. Chevalier, whp had shown his adroit comedy in bedroom scenes, has an Ernst Lubitsch sketch with Evelyn Brent illustrating how the Apache dance of Paris originated a bedroom.

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  1. The Ogden Standard-Examiner,
  2. 27 Apr 1930, Sun,
  3. Page 31

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