A NIGHT AT EARL CARROLL’S
1940, Universal, 62 min, USA, Dir: Kurt Neumann

Perhaps Hollywood's most glamorous club ever, the Earl Carroll Theatre stood on the southeast corner of Sunset and Vine - an Art Deco palace emblazoned with cement slab movie star autographs (much like Grauman's Chinese) and a huge neon sign of dancer Beryl Wallace surrounded by the incantation “Through These Portals Pass the Most Beautiful Girls in the World.” Released one week after FANTASIA, this musical stars Ken Murray with Rose Hobart, plus radio stars Brenda & Cobina (Blake Steward and Elvia Allman) and songs by Hobart, William Brady, Mary Lou Cook, Lillian Cornell and an old vaudeville dance by Lela Moore. The thin plot revolves around Earl Carroll (playing himself) being kidnapped by mobsters at a mayor's convention. A glorious artifact for those with an interest in the revival of burlesque!


SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM
1933, Universal, 66 min, USA, Dir: Kurt Neumann

In this atmospheric and underrated mystery, three suitors converge on a castle to seek the hand of a young woman (Gloria Stuart). There’s a door at the estate that has been locked for many years; when asked about it, the girl’s father (Lionel Atwill) explains that the blue room was the scene of three strange deaths. In a show of bravery, the young men each volunteer to spend a night there – but they don’t all make it to the morning.


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