Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Breakfast in Hollywood

Set in Hollywood in 1946, Breakfast in Hollywood is centered on a morning radio show and the romantic comedy that results when the host, Tom Breneman (Himself), plays matchmaker between audience members Dorothy Larson (Granville), who is looking for her fiancĂ©, and Ken Smith (Ryan), who falls for Dorothy, knowing that her fiancĂ© has married someone else. Although listeners tune in to a “breakfast” show, filmgoers glimpse only coffee and donuts, with other breakfast offerings only hinted at. Though light fare, the movie features entertaining performances by Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Nat “King” Cole and the King Cole Trio, and crooner Andy Russell, not to mention splendid character studies by Billie Burke, Zasu Pitts, and Hedda Hopper—the last of whom appears wearing a fishbowl hat!

Mrs. Annie Reed: Oh, excuse me, is this seat taken?
Elvira Spriggens: No. No, I came alone too.
Reed: Well that’s nice, so did I.
Spriggens [speaking of her odd hat]: I didn’t want to embarrass anyone.
Reed: Why don’t you put a clove in your mouth and then nobody will know you’ve been drinking?

Released February 26, 1946
Directed by Harold D. Schuster
Written by Earl Baldwin
Starring Tom Breneman as Himself, Bonita Granville as Dorothy Larson, Beulah Bondi as Mrs. Annie Reed, Edward Ryan as Ken Smith, Billie Burke as Mrs. Frances Cartwright, Raymond Walburn as Richard Cartwright, Zasu Pitts as Elvira Spriggens, Hedda Hopper as Herself, Andy Russell as Himself, Spike Jones as Himself, Nat “King” Cole as Himself

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