As a big fan of 2 and 3-strip Technicolor, this film clip is a particularly sweet treat. On this perfectly lovely, frolicking day in 1935, Hollywood filmdom is captured in the sort of dreamy colors that only 3-strip Technicolor can produce. The novelty acts are a real kick (especially Cliff Edwards’ ukulele number), some of the costumes are thoroughly outrageous, and the vibe around the Ambassador Hotel’s Lido pool is one of delightful idleness. Tawdry and pretentious as it is today, there was at least a time when Hollywood had at least some semblance of down-to-earth fun and carefree whimsy. Hosted by the ever-dapper Reginald Denny, the show caters to a starlit crowd– watch for Clark Gable, Robert Montgomery, Constance Bennett, and Richard Barthelmess among others.
It’s a 2 part video, so sit back, relax, and let yesteryear work its magic …
2 thoughts on “Starlit Days: Hollywood in Technicolor, 1935”
Great videos. I especially like the second one. Great shots of the Ambassador. And those umbrellas – love them!
I know, right? Just too much fun! What I wouldn’t give for a flux capacitor right about now… 😉