In 1932, the three Barrymore siblings - Ethel, John and Lionel - filmed an MGM picture together called Rasputin and the Empress, a period piece with elaborate costumes. Around the same time, Walt Disney was working on a short film titled Mickey's Gala Premier in which a new Mickey short premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and all the big movie stars come out to watch. In the short film, the Barrymore trio appear in the first limousine dressed in the costuming from their recent movie.
Disney visited the Barrymores on the set of Rasputin and the Empress seemingly to discuss their cameo in his upcoming Mickey short. This is another one of those photos I found and fell in love with because of the unlikely pairing! When I think of Walt Disney movies, I don't think of the Barrymores and vice versa. I love these fun finds!
Lionel, Walt, Ethel, and John
Rasputin and the Empress set, 1932
John assisting Ethel out of the limo in Mickey's Gala Premier
Lionel exiting the limo in Mickey's Gala Premier
You can watch Mickey's Gala Premier below thanks to Cartoon Station on YouTube. It features other Old Hollywood stars such as Mae West, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable and the Marx Brothers, plus many, many more!
Until next time,