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The House That Shadows Built (1931) is a feature compilation film from Paramount Pictures, made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the studio's founding in 1912. The film was a promotional film for exhibitors and never had a regular theatrical release. The film includes a brief history of Paramount, interviews with various actors, and clips from upcoming projects (some of which never came to fruition). The title comes from a biography of Paramount founder Adolph Zukor, The House That Shadows Built (1928), by William Henry Irwin.


1 Marx Brothers
Marx Brothers
segment 2 Scenes from silent Paramount films 3 Silent film performers in unidentified silent films 4 Then-current Paramount stars 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Marx Brothers
Marx Brothers
segment[edit] The film is known for a six-minute segment starring the Marx Brothers, with Davison Clark playing Mr. Lee, Theatrical Producer, which was intended to promote their forthcoming 1931 film Monkey Business (Clark later played the role of the frustrated Passport Official in Monkey Business and would also appear in the war scene in Duck Soup). The segment, containing material which was never included in any other Marx Brothers
Marx Brothers
film, is a re-working of the first scene of their first successful Broadway revue I'll Say She Is (1924), which Groucho considered to have been the funniest work in the Brothers' career. Except for a few name changes and additional gags, the scene is almost completely the same as the script used for the stage production. Some of the gags from I'll Say She Is were worked into the lobby scene in The Cocoanuts
The Cocoanuts
(1929), and a bit involving a series of Maurice Chevalier imitations was incorporated into the script of Monkey Business. The Marx Brothers' segment is currently available as a special feature on the direct-to- DVD
documentary film Inside the Marx Brothers, albeit in poor condition. Recently, Marx Brothers
Marx Brothers
fans have begun referring to their segment simply as I'll Say She Is, in light of its source material. Scenes from silent Paramount films[edit]

Sarah Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt
in Queen Elizabeth (1912) produced in France J. K. Hackett, playing a dual role in The Prisoner of Zenda (1913) Dustin Farnum
Dustin Farnum
in The Squaw Man (1914) Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
in A Good Little Devil
A Good Little Devil
(1914) Geraldine Farrar
Geraldine Farrar
in Carmen (1915) Robert Edeson
Robert Edeson
and Theodore Roberts
Theodore Roberts
in The Call of the North (1914) Blanche Sweet
Blanche Sweet
in The Captive (1915) Vivian Martin
Vivian Martin
and Jack Holt in Giving Becky a Chance (1917) Olga Petrova
Olga Petrova
and Mahlon Hamilton
Mahlon Hamilton
in The Undying Flame
The Undying Flame
(1917) Jack Pickford
Jack Pickford
and Robert Gordon in Huck and Tom
Huck and Tom
(1918) Sessue Hayakawa, Fannie Ward, and Jack Dean in The Cheat (1915) Marie Doro
Marie Doro
in The Heart of Nora Flynn
The Heart of Nora Flynn
(1916) Elliott Dexter, Kathlyn Williams, and Raymond Hatton
Raymond Hatton
in The Whispering Chorus (1918) Dorothy Gish
Dorothy Gish
in Battling Jane
Battling Jane
(1918) Douglas Fairbanks
Douglas Fairbanks
in Headin' South
Headin' South
(1918) Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
in The Little American
The Little American
(1917) Elliott Dexter
Elliott Dexter
in The Squaw Man (1918) Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson
and Elliott Dexter
Elliott Dexter
in For Better, for Worse (1919) John Barrymore
John Barrymore
in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) Charles Ray in Homer Comes Home
Homer Comes Home
(1920) Lon Chaney, Betty Compson, Thomas Meighan
Thomas Meighan
and J. M. Dumont in The Miracle Man (1919) Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish
in True Heart Susie
True Heart Susie
(1919) Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson
and Thomas Meighan
Thomas Meighan
in Male and Female
Male and Female
(1919) Betty Compson
Betty Compson
in The Little Minister (1921) Wallace Reid
Wallace Reid
and Theodore Roberts
Theodore Roberts
in The Roaring Road
The Roaring Road
(1919) Mae Murray
Mae Murray
in On With the Dance (1920) Gareth Hughes
Gareth Hughes
and May McAvoy
May McAvoy
in Sentimental Tommy
Sentimental Tommy
(1921) Rudolph Valentino
Rudolph Valentino
and Agnes Ayres
Agnes Ayres
in The Sheik (1921) Conrad Nagel, Bebe Daniels, William Boyd, and Wallace Reid
Wallace Reid
in Nice People (1922) The Covered Wagon
The Covered Wagon
(1923) Betty Bronson
Betty Bronson
and Mary Brian
Mary Brian
in Peter Pan (1924) William S. Hart
William S. Hart
and Kathleen O'Connor in Wild Bill Hickok (1923) Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
and Florence Vidor
Florence Vidor
in The Grand Duchess and the Waiter (1926) Noah Beery, Billie Dove, and Jack Holt in The Light of Western Stars (1925) The Ten Commandments (1923) Wallace Beery
Wallace Beery
and Raymond Hatton
Raymond Hatton
in Behind the Front (1926) Pola Negri
Pola Negri
and Rod La Rocque
Rod La Rocque
in Forbidden Paradise
Forbidden Paradise
(1924) Richard Dix in The Vanishing American
The Vanishing American
(1925) Emil Jannings
Emil Jannings
and Lya De Putti
Lya De Putti
in Varieté
(1925) produced in Germany Ronald Colman, Ralph Forbes, and Noah Beery
Noah Beery
in Beau Geste (1926) Clara Bow
Clara Bow
in It (1927) Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd
and Constantine Romanoff in The Kid Brother
The Kid Brother
(1927) George Bancroft in Underworld (1927) Gary Cooper, Charles Buddy Rogers, and Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
in Wings (1927)

Silent film performers in unidentified silent films[edit]

George M. Cohan, possible films: Broadway Jones (1917), Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917), and Hit-The-Trail Holliday
Hit-The-Trail Holliday
(1918) George Beban Elsie Ferguson, possible films: The Lie (1918) and The Avalanche (1919) Dorothy Dalton Marguerite Clark, possible film: The Prince and the Pauper (1915) Billie Burke, film clip is most definitely from The Land of Promise (1917) Ethel Clayton Lila Lee Pauline Frederick Bryant Washburn Irene Castle

The Lon Chaney Sr.
Lon Chaney Sr.
segment is one of only two short sequences which survive from The Miracle Man (1919). The other clip is featured in one of Paramount's Movie Milestone series, Movie Memories (1935), showcasing the studios' greatest achievements. This latter clip shows both a segment from the conclave in Chinatown as well as the healing scene which is in The House That Shadows Built. A nitrate print of Movie Memories is reportedly at the UCLA Film and Television Archive but has not yet been preserved.[1] Then-current Paramount stars[edit] The film moves on to show segments with Paramount players of the 1931–32 season, including George Bancroft, Nancy Carroll, the Four Marx Brothers, Charles Rogers, Clive Brook, Phillips Holmes, Sylvia Sidney, Eleanor Boardman, Frances Dee, Jackie Searl, Kay Francis, Judith Wood, Regis Toomey, Peggy Shannon, Jackie Coogan, Lilyan Tashman, Eugene Pallette, Anna May Wong, Juliette Compton, Stuart Erwin, William Boyd, Miriam Hopkins, Wynne Gibson, Jack Oakie, Ginger Rogers, Robert Coogan, Carmen Barnes, Charlie Ruggles, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, Mitzi Green, Richard Arlen, Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Paul Lukas, Tallulah Bankhead, Gary Cooper, Ruth Chatterton, Marlene Dietrich, and Maurice Chevalier. These stars are announced as appearing in upcoming films, including some never produced or released by Paramount:

An Entirely Different Woman with Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich
(never produced, based on the German novel Eine Ganz Andere Frau by Georg Froschel) No One Man from the Rupert Hughes
Rupert Hughes
novel Daughter of the Dragon
Daughter of the Dragon
with Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, and Sessue Hayakawa 24 Hours with Clive Brook, Kay Francis, and Regis Toomey Girls About Town with Kay Francis, Lilyan Tashman, and Eugene Pallette Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Fredric March
Fredric March
and Miriam Hopkins Personal Maid with Nancy Carroll Uncertain Woman with Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
(based on Edgar Wallace
Edgar Wallace
novel The Girl from Scotland Yard, never produced) The Road to Reno
The Road to Reno
with Charles Rogers and Lilyan Tashman The Round-Up with Eugene Pallette, Stuart Erwin, Skeets Gallagher, and Frances Dee (not produced by Paramount until 1941) Silence with Clive Brook, Marjorie Rambeau, and Peggy Shannon A Farewell to Arms with Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
and Eleanor Boardman
Eleanor Boardman
(Helen Hayes replaced Boardman in the final film) My Sin with Tallulah Bankhead
Tallulah Bankhead
and Fredric March Ladies of the Big House Huckleberry Finn with Jackie Coogan, Mitzi Green, Junior Durkin, and Jackie Searl Rich Man's Folly with George Bancroft The Man With Red Hair (horror film based on novel Portrait of a Man With Red Hair by Hugh Walpole, never produced) The Lives of a Bengal Lancer filmed by Ernest B. Schoedsack (not made until 1935, using footage shot in India by Schoedsack in 1931) Tomorrow and Tomorrow with Ruth Chatterton

Scenes are shown that were shot for the following films:

An American Tragedy with Phillips Holmes, Sylvia Sidney, and Frances Dee Secrets of a Secretary with Claudette Colbert, Herbert Marshall, and Georges Metaxa Sooky directed by Norman Taurog, with Jackie Cooper and Robert Coogan Murder by the Clock
Murder by the Clock
with William Boyd, Lilyan Tashman, Regis Toomey, and Irving Pichel Monkey Business with the Marx Brothers
Marx Brothers
(see above section) Stepdaughters of War with Ruth Chatterton
Ruth Chatterton
and directed by Dorothy Arzner (never released) The Smiling Lieutenant
The Smiling Lieutenant
directed by Ernst Lubitsch with Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Charlie Ruggles, and Miriam Hopkins

See also[edit]

A Trip to Paramountown
A Trip to Paramountown
(1922 promotional film made by Paramount)


^ "SilentEra entry". 

External links[edit]

The House That Shadows Built on IMDb The House That Shadows Built at the TCM Movie Database clip from Monkey Business trailer

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The Marx Brothers

Chico Harpo Groucho Gummo Zeppo


Humor Risk
Humor Risk
(1921) The Cocoanuts
The Cocoanuts
(1929) Animal Crackers (1930) The House That Shadows Built (1931) Monkey Business (1931) Horse Feathers
Horse Feathers
(1932) Duck Soup (1933) A Night at the Opera (1935) A Day at the Races (1937) Room Service (1938) At the Circus
At the Circus
(1939) Go West (1940) The Big Store
The Big Store
(1941) A Night in Casablanca (1946) Love Happy
Love Happy
(1949) The Story of Mankind (1957)


I'll Say She Is (1924) The Cocoanuts
The Cocoanuts
(1925) Animal Crackers (1928)


"Hello, I Must Be Going" "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" "Lydia the Tattooed Lady"

Other appearances

Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel
Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel
(radio, 1932 – episodes) Blue Ribbon Town
Blue Ribbon Town
(radio, 1943–44) "The Incredible Jewel Robbery" (TV, 1959) Deputy Seraph (TV, 1959)

Family members

Minnie Marx Sam Marx Al Shean Barbara Marx Susan Fleming Eden Hartford Arthur Marx Melinda Marx Miriam Marx Gregg Marx

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