This is my entry in the CMBA Hollywood on Hollywood Blogathon. Click HERE to read more about films that focus on our favorite town in the world.
Hollywood Steps Out (1941)
Before I ever saw Ann Sheridan, George Raft and even Greta Garbo in a movie, I knew who they were because of the Warner Brothers Merrie Meoldies cartoon "Hollywood Steps Out."
|According to Wikipedia, this 1941 $50 meal would run |
approximately $804 today
On a "typical" night at Ciro's, more stars than there were in heaven graced that famous watering hole. When I asked my mother "who's that?" she identified the star and their reputation as lampooned in the cartoon.
Ann Sheridan? She was known as "The Oomph Girl" because she had lots of sex appeal.
|The "Oomph Girl" and Edward G. Robinson|
|Garbo uses her large shoes to light a match for Cary Grant. |
In real life, Garbo only wore a size 8 shoes.
Bing Crosby? He was a singer who liked to go to the racetrack. He is the guy who hosts "The Hollywood Palace."
|Crosby and his favorite pastime|
|Tough guys Cagney, Bogart and Raft share a moment|
|Buster Keaton, Arthur Treacher and Boris Karloff |
looking as happy as possible.
And a night at Ciro's would not be complete without these guys. I did not need my mother to identify them!
|No party is complete without the Stooges|
|Gable's back and Groucho's got him!|
|William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Gilbert Roland, Errol Flynn, |
Wallace Beery and C. Aubrey Smith admire the ladies.
|Head "G" Man J. Edgar Hoover|
In a way, this little cartoon was my introduction to a whole host of Hollywood stars and the mystique of Tinsel Town. It was all done with affection and admiration.
Please, sit back and enjoy this little gem. I just love it!
Voices were provided by this talented trio:
Kent Rogers (Cary Grant, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Ned Sparks, Bing Crosby, James Stewart, Clark Gable, Kay Kyser, J. Edgar Hoover, Henry Fonda and Groucho Marx)
Mel Blanc (Jerry Colona, Peter Lorre)
Sara Berner (Greta Garbo, Ann Sheridan, Paulette Goddard, Dorothy Lamour and Henry Fonda's mother)