Mickey's Gala Premier
Directed by Burt Gillett
Music by Frank Churchill
Distributed by Walt Disney Productions
Language English

Mickey's Gala Premiere is a black and white Mickey Mouse short that was released on July 1, 1933. Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Clarabelle, and Horace attend the premiere of their latest cartoon, "Galloping Romance," at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The group arrives in a limo, walks the red carpet, and is surrounded by famous actors and celebrities of the time.


Mickey and the gang attend a premiere of his latest cartoon at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and lots of Hollywood celebrities of the time are all there to see it.



Home video releases


  • Mickey Mouse: The Black and White Years - Volume One



  • On September 1, 1939, “Mickey’s Gala Premiere” was the final program broadcast by the BBC Television Service (today's BBC One) before it ceased broadcasting during World War II.[1] An urban legend about this final broadcast claims that due to the sudden outbreak of the war the BBC cut the cartoon short, even before it was properly ended. Despite this widespread belief, the cartoon was actually shown in its entirety and then followed by an announcement of later scheduled programming (which was never shown) and tuning signals. On June 7, 1946, the day BBC television broadcasts resumed after the war, Mickey’s Gala Premiere was shown again.[2]
  • The cartoon “Gallopin’ Romance” was made exclusively for Mickey’s Gala Premiere. There is no separate Mickey Mouse cartoon with that title.
  • Ed Wynn would later play The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins (1964), among other roles in other Disney films.
  • Maurice Chevalier would later sing the theme song of the Disney animated film The Aristocats (1970), as well as appear in the live-action Disney film In Search of the Castaways (1962). He would go on to be named a Disney Legend, an award given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to The Walt Disney Company.
  • Helen Hayes would later play Grandma Steinmetz in the Disney film Herbie Rides Again.
  • Younger viewers often misidentify Will H. Hays to be Prince Charles[citation needed], since Hays wears a royal robe and crown and has a long nose and large ears, identical to the way Prince Charles is often caricatured. However, Prince Charles was born in 1948, almost 15 years after this cartoon was made.
  • This was the first time Mickey interacts with humans.
  • At this point in time, the Mickey shorts were released through United Artists, but the only currently existing prints of this short are reissue prints that omit any mention of UA. However, the "titles" for the short-within-a-short “Gallopin’ Romance” still exist in their original form with the UA credits. This gives today's viewer an idea on what an opening of a Mickey Mouse cartoon might have looked like in the UA era.



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