Friday, March 9, 2012


MICKEY'S GALA PREMIER has Mickey Mouse attending the premiere of one of his own cartoons, with many movie stars of the day in attendance. Once again Mae West and Laurel and Hardy are amoung the stars depicted.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mickey's Gala Premier is a Walt Disney cartoon produced in 1933, directed by Burt Gillett. It features several famous Hollywood film actors from the 1930s.
Some sources claim this cartoon is called "Mickey's Gala Premiere". However "Premier" can be clearly read from the title card.



A new Mickey Mouse cartoon will have its premiere in the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Several Hollywood celebrities all arrive in limousines to attend this special event. Outside The Keystone Cops (Ben Turpin, Ford Sterling, Mack Swain, Harry Langdon and Chester Conklin) are guarding the traffic.
Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore step out of the first limousine (all costumed as in the film Rasputin and the Empress [1932]). Then Laurel and Hardy leave the car and close the door behind them. Inside The Marx Brothers all stick their heads out of the car window.
In the next scene Maurice Chevalier, Eddie Cantor (costumed as in the film The Kid from Spain) and Jimmy Durante take turns singing in front of a microphone. They are followed by Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford (costumed as in the film Rain) and Constance Bennett all singing new lyrics to the chant. Finally Harold Lloyd, Clark Gable, Edward G. Robinson and Adolphe Menjou join in to conclude the song.
Sid Grauman is saluting all the guests. George Arliss and Joe E. Brown simply enter, but Charlie Chaplin sneaks inside. Then Buster Keaton enters the building, followed by The Marx Brothers all hidden under Groucho Marx' coat. Mae West enters (costumed as in the film She Done Him Wrong [1933]) and utters her famous line, "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?", which shocks and embarrasses Grauman.
Then Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow arrive in limousine and are cheered by the audience. Once inside the theatre Mickey’s new cartoon, “Gallopin' Romance”, premieres. The plot revolves around Mickey and Minnie playing music together, when suddenly Pegleg Pete kidnaps Minnie and drives off on a horse (which happens to be Horace Horsecollar). Mickey chases him and beats Pete in the end, bringing Minnie to safety.
All the guests in the theatre move rhythmically to the music. We can see Helen Hayes, William Powell, Chester Morris, Gloria Swanson and George Arliss in the audience. In the next close-up scenes the viewer can identify Jimmy Durante, Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Rudy Vallee, Joan Crawford, Will H. Hays (dressed as a king in reference to his position as Censorship Czar) and Greta Garbo. Ed Wynn, Wheeler & Woolsey, Laurel & Hardy all laugh with the cartoon. Bela Lugosi (dressed as Count Dracula), Fredric March (dressed as Mr. Hyde) and Boris Karloff (dressed as the Frankenstein's monster) do the same, but with spooky evil laughter. Joe E. Brown laughs so loud that his enormous mouth opens wide, while Buster Keaton keeps his poker face. Jimmy Durante and Douglas Fairbanks laugh so loud that they literally "roll in the aisles". They are joined in by Groucho Marx, Joe E. Brown, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Oliver Hardy. As the cartoon ends the whole audience applauds and congratulates Mickey with his success. But Mickey is so shy that he has to be pulled on the stage by Will Rogers with a rope. All the Hollywood actors now shake Mickey’s hands (and feet!) to congratulate him with his success. Then Greta Garbo walks onto the stage and starts covering Mickey’s face with kisses. Mickey wakes up in his bed, while Pluto is licking his face. Mickey wonders if he was dreaming.
Other Hollywood celebrities that can be spotted in the crowd scenes: Constance Bennett, Warner Baxter and Walt Disney (as the fourth person on the right, in the scene where the other actors shy away because Garbo enters the stage).

Notes about the cartoon

  • The cartoon “Gallopin’ Romance” was made exclusively for Mickey’s Gala Premiere. There is no separate Mickey Mouse cartoon with that title.
  • Younger viewers often misidentify Will H. Hays to be Prince Charles[citation needed], since Hays wears a royal robe and crown and has a long nose and large ears, identical to the way Prince Charles is often caricatured. However, Prince Charles was born in 1948, almost 15 years after this cartoon was made.
  • This the first time Mickey interacts with humans.
  • At this point in time, the Mickey shorts were released through United Artists, but the only currently existing prints of this short are reissue prints that omit any mention of UA. However, the "titles" for the short-within-a-short “Gallopin’ Romance” still exist in their original form with the UA credits. This gives today's viewer an idea on what an opening of a Mickey Mouse cartoon might have looked like in the UA era.

Temporary shutdown of BBC Television Service

On 1 September 1939 “Mickey’s Gala Premiere” was the final programme broadcast by the BBC Television Service (today's BBC One) before it ceased broadcasting during World War II.[1] An urban legend about this final broadcast claims that due to the sudden outbreak of the war the BBC cut the cartoon short, even before it was properly ended. Despite this widespread belief, the cartoon was actually shown in its entirety and then followed by an announcement of later scheduled programming (which was never shown) and tuning signals. On 7 June 1946, the day BBC television broadcasts resumed after the war, “Mickey’s Gala Premiere” was shown again.[2]

See also


  1. ^ The edit that rewrote history | Baird
  2. ^ The TV Room Plus: TV Listings

External links

In the early 1930's, Laurel and Hardy were at the peak of their popularity.

Ford Sterling was famous as one of the Keystone Kops. The others were famous for playing other parts, but they all worked for Mack Sennett.

Rasputin also appeared as a character in the 1933 cartoons SODA SQUIRT, WAKE UP THE GYPSY IN ME and HELL'S FIRE.
Marie Dressler started in silent movies, became a bigger star than ever in the 1930's. Wallace Beery was one of her costars.

Many movie stars made radio broadcasts.

The comparison lables the girl on the right as Bette Davis, but I think that's Constance Bennett, as the wikipedia article would have it.

Harold Lloyd made sound movies, but is mostly remembered as a silent movie comedian today

One wanted to be alone, the other didn't.

Mae West on the move.

"Why don'tcha come up and see my sometime?"

Sid Grauman was the owner of "Grauman's Chinese Theater", where many movie premieres were held.

George Arliss is another recurring character in these cartoons. Some of the others may not have been depicted anywhere else in animation.

Will Hayes was "movie czar".

Buster Keaton was depicted in a number of cartoons, Joe E. Brown appeared in a few, too.

Buster Keaton and Joe E. Brown had more in common than working in movies. They both liked to play baseball, and it's said that they both knew Mae Scriven, who Buster Keaton married.

Ed Wynn's first movie was RUBBER HEELS, with Thelma Todd, in 1927. Thelma Todd worked with most of the leading comedians of her day.

Monster movies were very popular in the 1930's.

Marie Dressler and Will Rogers were amoung the biggest stars of the day. Here, they are depicted as congratulating Mickey Mouse on his success.


It appears that Garbo doesn't want to be alone or go home after all.

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1933 was a good year for the movies, a number of classics were made that are still being enjoyed today. Great progress had been made in the making of sound movies, and they were no longer as squawky and stagy as they had once been. But the coming of sound took a toll. Silent stars Buster Keaton and Harry Langdon would find their careers in a decline, and Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin made fewer and fewer movies as the years went by, their audiences diminishing along with their output. Laurel and Hardy became more popular than ever after sound came in, but by the end of the decade they would also find their careers in a decline. At the same time, animated cartoons were taking the place of live-action short subjects in the theaters. Hal Roach observed that it was difficult to compete with them, because they could do anything as humor in an animated cartoon.

What you go to the show for!

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