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The 7 Sep 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World announced Paramount Pictures’ (known at that time as Paramount Publix Corp.) plans to produce “an elaborate revue,” with music written by Jack King.
       According to the 5 Oct 1929 Motion Picture News, production was “progressing” on the Paramount lot, with an anticipated two months left until completion. Details were being kept under wraps, except to reveal that Paramount was “throwing the entire studio into it,” including all of the company’s “stars, directors, writers, song hounds and the rest of the line-up.”
       The songwriting team of Herbert Magidson, Ned Washington, and Michael Cleary were loaned to Paramount from Warner Bros. to compose songs for actress Helen Kane, including the original, “I Better Not Try It, I Might Like It,” as reported in the 2 Nov and 23 Nov 1929 editions of the Exhibitors Herald-World. However, neither the trio nor the song were included.
       During production, French actor Maurice Chevalier cut his hand, requiring delays in filming, as reported in the 27 Nov 1929 Var.
       A Spanish-language version, Galas de la Paramount, was also released in 1930 (see entry).
       Paramount on Parade was fully restored by The Film Foundation, an organization founded in 1990 by director Martin ... More Less

The 7 Sep 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World announced Paramount Pictures’ (known at that time as Paramount Publix Corp.) plans to produce “an elaborate revue,” with music written by Jack King.
       According to the 5 Oct 1929 Motion Picture News, production was “progressing” on the Paramount lot, with an anticipated two months left until completion. Details were being kept under wraps, except to reveal that Paramount was “throwing the entire studio into it,” including all of the company’s “stars, directors, writers, song hounds and the rest of the line-up.”
       The songwriting team of Herbert Magidson, Ned Washington, and Michael Cleary were loaned to Paramount from Warner Bros. to compose songs for actress Helen Kane, including the original, “I Better Not Try It, I Might Like It,” as reported in the 2 Nov and 23 Nov 1929 editions of the Exhibitors Herald-World. However, neither the trio nor the song were included.
       During production, French actor Maurice Chevalier cut his hand, requiring delays in filming, as reported in the 27 Nov 1929 Var.
       A Spanish-language version, Galas de la Paramount, was also released in 1930 (see entry).
       Paramount on Parade was fully restored by The Film Foundation, an organization founded in 1990 by director Martin Scorsese. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
7 Sep 1929
p. 46.
Exhibitors Herald-World
26 Oct 1929
p. 41.
Exhibitors Herald-World
2 Nov 1929
p. 59.
Exhibitors Herald-World
23 Nov 1929
p. 56.
Exhibitors Herald-World
26 Apr 1930
p. 28
Exhibitors Herald-World
10 May 1930
p. 32.
Film Daily
20 Apr 1930
p. 10.
Life
16 May 1930
p. 18.
Motion Picture News
5 Oct 1929
p. 1190.
New York Times
21 Apr 1930
p. 20.
New York Times
27 Apr 1930
p. 5.
New Yorker
26 Apr 1930
p. 81.
Time
5 May 1930
p. 32.
Variety
27 Nov 1929
p. 10.
Variety
23 Apr 1930
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
DANCE
Dance & ensemble dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Paramount On Parade Theme Song," "Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love," "What Did Cleopatra Say?" and "I'm True to the Navy Now," words by Elsie Janis, music by Jack King
"We're the Masters of Ceremony," words and music by Ballard MacDonald and Dave Dreyer
"Torna a Sorrento," new words by Leo Robin, music by Ernesto de Curtis
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SONGS
"Paramount On Parade Theme Song," "Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love," "What Did Cleopatra Say?" and "I'm True to the Navy Now," words by Elsie Janis, music by Jack King
"We're the Masters of Ceremony," words and music by Ballard MacDonald and Dave Dreyer
"Torna a Sorrento," new words by Leo Robin, music by Ernesto de Curtis
"Nichavo!" words by Helen Jerome, music by Mana-Zucca
"I'm in Training for You," "Dancing to Save Your Sole" and "Let Us Drink to the Girl of My Dreams," words by L. Wolfe Gilbert, music by Abel Baer
"My Marine," words by Raymond B. Egan, music by Richard A. Whiting
"All I Want Is Just One Girl," words by Leo Robin, music by Richard A. Whiting
"I'm Isadore, the Toreador," words and music by David Franklin
"Sweepin' the Clouds Away," words and music by Sam Coslow.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
19 April 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 19 April 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Publix Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 May 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1336
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black & white with color sequences
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
101
Length(in feet):
9,125
Length(in reels):
13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

SHOWGIRLS ON PARADE: a Technicolor spectacle of chorus girls and ushers to the tune of the theme song. TITLES: Dissolves including studio scenes and toe-dancing by Mitzi Mayfair. INTRODUCTION: Jack Oakie, Skeets Gallagher, and Leon Errol open with "We're the Masters of Ceremony." LOVE TIME: Charles Rogers and Lillian Roth with a boy-girl chorus on a cuckoo-clock set sing "Any Time's the Time To Fall in Love." MURDER WILL OUT: a travesty on detective mysteries with William Powell as Philo Vance, Clive Brook as Sherlock Holmes, Eugene Pallette as Sergeant Heath, Warner Oland as Dr. Fu Manchu, and Jack Oakie as the victim. ORIGIN OF THE APACHE: a slapstick sketch wth Maurice Chevalier and Evelyn Brent dancing in a bedroom, directed by Lubitsch. SONG OF THE GONDOLIER: Italian tenor Nino Martini appears in a Technicolor sketch singing "Torna a Sorrento." IN A HOSPITAL: a comedy sketch with Leon Errol, Helen Kane, and David Newell. IN A GIRL'S GYM: Jack Oakie as the instructor and Zelma O'Neal as the jealous sweetheart, including the song "I'm in Training for You." THE TOREADOR: Harry Green as the Toreador and Kay Francis as Carmen in a comic sketch with the Marion Morgan dancers, with Green singing "I'm Isadore, the Toreador." THE MONTMARTRE GIRL: Ruth Chatterton in a Paris cafe sings "My Marine" to a quartette including Stuart Erwin, Stanley Smith, and Fredric March. PARK IN PARIS: Chevalier as a Paris gendarme patrols a park singing "All I Want Is Just One Girl." MITZI HERSELF: Mitzi Green sings the Chevalier song as Charlie Mack of Moran and Mack would sing it, then as Chevalier sings it. THE SCHOOLROOM: Helen Kane is the teacher in ... +


SHOWGIRLS ON PARADE: a Technicolor spectacle of chorus girls and ushers to the tune of the theme song. TITLES: Dissolves including studio scenes and toe-dancing by Mitzi Mayfair. INTRODUCTION: Jack Oakie, Skeets Gallagher, and Leon Errol open with "We're the Masters of Ceremony." LOVE TIME: Charles Rogers and Lillian Roth with a boy-girl chorus on a cuckoo-clock set sing "Any Time's the Time To Fall in Love." MURDER WILL OUT: a travesty on detective mysteries with William Powell as Philo Vance, Clive Brook as Sherlock Holmes, Eugene Pallette as Sergeant Heath, Warner Oland as Dr. Fu Manchu, and Jack Oakie as the victim. ORIGIN OF THE APACHE: a slapstick sketch wth Maurice Chevalier and Evelyn Brent dancing in a bedroom, directed by Lubitsch. SONG OF THE GONDOLIER: Italian tenor Nino Martini appears in a Technicolor sketch singing "Torna a Sorrento." IN A HOSPITAL: a comedy sketch with Leon Errol, Helen Kane, and David Newell. IN A GIRL'S GYM: Jack Oakie as the instructor and Zelma O'Neal as the jealous sweetheart, including the song "I'm in Training for You." THE TOREADOR: Harry Green as the Toreador and Kay Francis as Carmen in a comic sketch with the Marion Morgan dancers, with Green singing "I'm Isadore, the Toreador." THE MONTMARTRE GIRL: Ruth Chatterton in a Paris cafe sings "My Marine" to a quartette including Stuart Erwin, Stanley Smith, and Fredric March. PARK IN PARIS: Chevalier as a Paris gendarme patrols a park singing "All I Want Is Just One Girl." MITZI HERSELF: Mitzi Green sings the Chevalier song as Charlie Mack of Moran and Mack would sing it, then as Chevalier sings it. THE SCHOOLROOM: Helen Kane is the teacher in a modernistic schoolroom singing "What Did Cleopatra Say?" to the children, who answer "Boop Boopa Doop." THE GALLOWS SONG:Skeets Gallagher demands that Dennis King sing, before he is hanged, Mana-Zucca's "Nichavo," a Russian love song--all in Technicolor. DANCE MAD: Nancy Carroll, with chorus support and Abe Lyman's band, does "Dancing To Save Your Sole." DREAM GIRL: a sentimental interlude in Technicolor with Richard Arlen, Jean Arthur, Mary Brian, Gary Cooper, James Hall, Fay Wray, among others, featuring "Let Us Drink to the Girl of My Dreams." THE REDHEAD: Clara Bow appears with Jack Oakie, Skeets Gallagher, and a chorus of 42 sailors in "I'm True to the Navy Now." IMPULSES: George Bancroft, at a social function with Kay Francis, William Austin, and others, demonstrates contrasts in social behavior. THE RAINBOW REVELS: Chevalier and a girls' chorus appear as Paris chimney sweeps in the Technicolor finale, singing "Sweeping the Clouds Away." +

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