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

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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.

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 »

Company Credits

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 Sinners' Holiday (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by an offscreen chorus when Burke and Dubin are being introduced
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Time Capsule of Warner Bros. in 1930
19 July 2007 | by gerrythreeSee all my reviews

Between the 1930 release of this short and 1934, most of the talent appearing or mentioned in this short were gone from the Warners lot. Grant Withers divorced Loretta Young and soon after worked elsewhere. Loretta stuck around to 1934 before leaving. Richard Barthelmess, who sent a telegram that he was on location(Warners was great at creating telegrams) left in 1934 when Warners did not renew his contract. Marilyn Miller did not last that long before departing. George Arliss also sent a telegram in lieu of making an appearance. Arliss's last movie for Warners was 1933's Voltaire, directed by John Adolfi, who also directed this short. Adolfi's career and everything else ended in 1933, death from a cerebral hemorrhage. In Arliss's next movie after Voltaire, House of Rothschild, his co-star was Loretta Young and the production boss was Darryl Zanuck, head of 20th Century Pictures. Before he quit Warners in 1933, Zanuck was that studio's production chief.

Samuel Marx said that when Louis B. Mayer ran MGM, he would tell the MGM staff that as long as they did their job well, they had a job for life. And, to a large extent until he was ousted in 1951, Mayer kept his word. The situation at Warners was different, run like a sweatshop, actors constantly put on suspension for refusing to work in pictures they thought would wreck their careers and Jack Warner pinching pennies everywhere except at the racetrack. This short is evidence of the great turnover of talent at Warners. Warners made great pre-code movies in the early thirties, but it was not a nice place to work at, not having much job security. And what happened to Alice White, she starred in 1930's The Widow From Chicago with Edward G. Robinson, who was at the dinner.


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