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Hollywood Steps Out is a 1941 short Merrie Melodies cartoon by Warner Bros., directed by Tex Avery. The cartoon features caricatures by Ben Shenkman of Hollywood celebrities from the 1930s and early 1940s, including Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Wallace Beery, Bing Crosby, Greta Garbo, and Groucho Marx.
A large bird’s-eye view of Los Angeles is shown with searchlights moving to a conga beat. The action takes place in the famed Ciro’s nightclub, where the Hollywood stars are having dinner — at $50 ($814.14 today) a plate and “easy terms”. The first stars seen are Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, and, at a table behind them, Adolphe Menjouand Norma Shearer, followed by Cary Grant, seated alone. Grant talks to himself: “What a place! What a place! It’s as pretty as…
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