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FIESTA DE SANTA BARBARA, LA

MGM actors attend the annual Fiesta celebration in Santa Barbara, CA. Filmed in Technicolor.  Ted Healy clowns with one of his "replacement" stooges, Jimmy Brewster.



Using location footage from Santa Barbara, but some of the stars' segments were actually filmed on the MGM backlot.

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Ted Healy (Solo)
Release Date
December 07, 1935
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MGM
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18.6 min.
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Re: LA FIESTA SANTA BARBARA
Posted 2003-02-20 11:42:00 by metaldams
Edited 2006-03-27 10:31:57 by shemps#1
An interesting 1935 MGM technicolor short. Healy is good in the small role he has, and I actually find I prefer him better when he's not with the Stooges. I find that Healy works best in small doses instead of leading roles. Harpo Marx has a very brief cameo and this is a rare instance of seeing him in color, and the highlight is an excellent performance by the great Buster Keaton. The great silent clown can actually surprise us here with a very funny bullfighting act, complete with Spanish accent. Despite coming off some weak MGM features at the time, Buster shows us that he can still make us laugh when given decent material. The short overall is just OK, as it drags on a little too long and is very episodic in nature, but it is worth seeing for certain parts. Also noteworthy for being the first billed on-screen appearance of Judy Garland.

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Re: LA FIESTA SANTA BARBARA
Posted 2003-04-20 05:31:00 by Bruckman
Interesting early Technicolor short--the perfected Technicolor, not the 2-strip variety used for NERTSERY RHYMES. No plot, merely a variety show of various singers and comedians allegedly attending the annual Fiesta at Santa Barbara, CA. I say "allegedly" because except for a brief bit of footage, most of this film was shot either at the MGM studios (you can see the exteriors of the big soundstages in one outdoor dance scene) or at the home of Lou Lewyn, the short's producer. Lewyn, not coincidentally, was married to Marian Mack, Buster Keaton's leading lady in THE GENERAL, and it was Marian who managed to corral (literally) Keaton into appearing in his first film for MGM since the termination of his contract by Louis B. Mayer in early 1933. Keaton's routine w/a pantomime bull and toreador Andy Devine is the film's real standout, but the Healy appearance (with 2 stooges) is a highlight too. The rest of the film is a melange of cameos (Gary Cooper, Robert Taylor, Harpo Marx, all in brief closeups) and more extended routines by has-beens or up-and-coming stars (Leo Carillo and Chris-Pin Martin do a Cisco Kid-derived bit, Judy Garland and her 2 sisters sing about marijuana, Irvin S. Cobb tells a joke). But if there's another film which has Chester Conklin and Ida Lupino in the same scene, I don't know it. Narrated by Pete Smith who had his own long-running series of MGM shorts, in his inimitable polysyllabic wise-guy manner. For anyone interested in 30s Hollywood history, this is a fascinating short outweighing its entertainment value--MGM obviously made this as a test film to determine the range and spectrum of Technicolor, with all the elaborate silk costumes of blended pastels.

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