On the Screen
By EDWIf: C. STEIN
"Paramount On Parade"
Is Splendid Revue
"PARAMOUNT ON PARADE,"
Paramount** Revue with the whole
list of Paramount stars and featured
players, including /Maurice
Chevalier, Nancy Carroll, George
Bancroft, Clara Bow, William
Pov-11. Jack Oakie, Skeets Gallagher
and the rest. At the Rlalto
If you'll make a list of your choice-
.superlatives and scramble them
together, you'll get "Paramount Parade" for the answer and the
teacher Is sure to give you 100 on
Paramount has done something.
It, has assembled a revue that is
far and away the best to date. It
has fashioned entertainment that
speaks for Itself and needs very
little critical comment, no matter
how flowery that comment might be
"Paramount On Parade" starts
with rapid fire tempo and increases
speed as it moves along. There are
humorous skits in profusion. There
is some very nice wore in color and
there Is also some very tuneful music.
And, best of all, there isn't a
Maurice Chevalier sings songs
and, with the assistance of Evelyn
Brent, presents his version of the
origin of the Apache dance. It's a
riot. His songs are: "Sweeping the
Clouds Away" and "All I Need Is
Just One Girl."
Buddy Rogers and Lillian Roth
really croon a tuneful ditty, "Anytime's
the Time to Fall in Love,"
accompanied by a perfectly swell
piece of production work.
Clara Bow reveals a surprising
voice in "True to the Navy" and
Jack Oakie and Zelma O'Neal combine
to bring forth the guffaws
with "I'm in Training for You."
Then George Bancroft presents
two versions of a party that will
make you chortle with glee and
chuckle with mirth. It'll even make
you laugh—out loud.. Nancy Carroll
sings and dances "Dancing to
Save Your Sole," behind a great
production with Abe Lyman and his
band in a shoe box.
Mitzi Green Fine
And if you haven't had enough
by this time, Helen Kane presents
her "Boop-boop-a-doop" school and
little Mitzi Grten gives an impression
of Charley Mack that's an epic.
Dinnis King tries hard but can
do little with the inferior song
given him. and a sketch, based on
the song, "Let's Drink lo the Girl of
My Dreams," is weak, notwithstanding
the presence of Gary Cooper,
Mary Brian, Richard Arlen and Fay
Wray, because the faking is badly
done. Those "two are the only inferior
This could go on and on but your
attention must be called to the
sketch in which Bill Powell takes
the part of Philo Vance, Clive Brent
is Sherlock Holmes, Warner Oland
is Dr. Fu Manchu (the insidious
one), and Eugene Pallette is Sergt.
Heath. And Harry Green is irresistible
as Isadore, the Toreador,
with Kay Francis as Carmen.
You'll want to see "Paramount On
Parade" and after seeing it, you'll
walk from the theatre with the feeling
that Paramount has a parade
well worth seeing.