|German title||Paramount parade|
|Original title||Paramount on parade|
|Country of production||United States|
|length||102 (1930) minutes|
in alphabetical order: Dorothy Arzner ,
Otto Brower ,
Edmund Goulding ,
Victor Heerman ,
Edwin H. Knopf ,
Rowland V. Lee ,
Ernst Lubitsch ,
Lothar Mendes ,
Victor Schertzinger ,
A. Edward Sutherland ,
|script||Joseph L. Mankiewicz|
in alphabetical order: Elsie Janis ,
Albert A. Kaufman ,
Jesse L. Lasky ,
BP Schulberg ,
Adolph Zukor for Paramount Pictures
|cut||Merrill G. White|
In twenty individual episodes, parodies, dance interludes, song numbers and skits are performed, intoned and stepped by actors who were all under contract with Paramount Pictures at the time.
- "Title sequence" with Kay Francis and George Bancroft
- “Showgirls on Parade” with Mitzi Mayfair
- "We're the Masters of Ceremony" with Jack Oakie , Richard "Skeets" Gallagher and Leon Errol
- "Love Time" with Buddy Rogers and Lillian Roth
- Murder Will Out starring William Powell , Clive Brook , Warner Oland , Eugene Pallette and Jack Oakie
- "Origin of the Apache" with Maurice Chevalier and Evelyn Brent with a parody of the so-called "Apache Dance"
- “Song of the Gondolier” with Nino Martini singing “Come Back to Sorrento”
- "In a Hospital" with Leon Errol and David Newell
- "In a Girl's Gym" with Jack Oakie and Zelma O'Neal
- "The Toreador" with Kay Francis and Harry Green (as Isadore, the torero) in the parody of Carmen
- “The Montmartre Girl” with Ruth Chatterton , Stu Erwin and Fredric March
- “Park in Paris” with Maurice Chevalier
- “Mitzi Herself” with Mitzi Green
- “The Schoolroom” with Helen Kane singing “What Did Cleopatra Say?” And Mitzi Green
- "The Gallows Song" with Skeets Gallagher and Dennis King
- "Dance Mad" with Nancy Carroll and the Abe Lyman 's Band
- "Dream Girl" with Richard Arlen , Jean Arthur , Mary Brian , James Hall , Gary Cooper and Fay Wray singing "Let Us Drink To The Girl Of My Dreams."
- "The Redhead" with Clara Bow and 42 members of the Navy singing "True to the Navy"
- "Impulses" with George Bancroft, Kay Francis and Cecil Cunningham
- “Rainbow Revels”, the finale, with Maurice Chevalier and a girls' choir (which also includes Iris Adrian and Virginia Bruce ) singing “Sweeping the Clouds Away”.
The Paramount Parade , as the name suggests, was conceived by Paramount Pictures as a major exhibition to show what this major Hollywood company was capable of at the dawn of the age of talkies. Filming began on August 19, 1929 and ended on February 19, 1930. Although the majority of the film was shot in black and white, this show revue, in which the entire Paramount cast had to appear, also contains several Technicolor sequences. However, these have not survived the times, as the company management had the original negative with the color numbers destroyed. Until 1996, the film received only one color sequence, the final number with Maurice Chevalier , in which he sings the song "Up on Top of a Rainbow". Since then, the UCLA archives have been restoring the film and restoring other color sequences. The original 102-minute film premiered on April 22, 1930. Later (severely mutilated) versions, such as one that was shown on US television decades later, were cut down to 77 minutes.
A squad of eleven directors was drafted to stage the almost 50 actors with speaking roles in the individual skits. The most famous of them, Ernst Lubitsch , staged the sketch " Origin of the Apache " with Maurice Chevalier, which was particularly well received by the critics (see below). Both had worked together on the film Love Parade immediately before and were able to celebrate an overwhelming success.
Special versions were made for numerous non-English-speaking countries (including Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Romanian, Japanese, Polish, etc.), some of which featured other actors and other directors. Whether Paramount on Parade was also shown in Germany cannot be determined with any certainty at the moment. In Austria, the film ran under the title Paramount Parade in cinemas. There you could see Dina Gralla and Eugen Rex as German-speaking contributors .
"Of all the revues, this is the only one that contains everything you would expect from a first-class Broadway show ... In short: the film is a real pleasure."
“… A really enjoyable piece of work, one that is far more enjoyable than any other film revue on Broadway. One of the most striking skits is the "Origin of the Apache" dance. "
"With the great listing of popular personalities, plus a load of comedy and particularly enjoyable performances by Maurice Cevalier, little Mitzi Green and Nino Martini ... this revue should be a hit everywhere."
"... in a class of its own. Real entertainment ... Paramount on Parade is testimony to how this first production of its kind combines performances from the smallest technical detail to the greatest possible artistic effort with almost unbelievable uniformity. "
- Paramount on Parade in The Life and Films of Hollywood Lady Crook: Evelyn Brent . Jefferson, North Carolina 2009, p. 188
- In the original: "Of all the revues, this is the only one that has captured everything expected of a first-class Broadway Show… In short, the picture is wholly a delight."
- In the original: “… a genuinely enjoyable piece of work, one that is much more enjoyable that any of the film revues that have appeared on Broadway… One of the conspicuously clever Features is' Origin of the Apache'-dance.”
- In the original: "With its smashing lineup of popular personalities, plus a load of comedy and especially enjoyable performances of Maurice Chevalier, little Mitzi Green and Nino Martini ... this revue should get over everywhere with a bang."
- In the original: “… a class by itself. Real entertainment… Paramount on Parade witnesses the first production of this kind linking together with an almost incredible smoothness achievements from the smallest technical detail to the greatest artistic endeavor. "