Mickey's Gala Premier 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. They arrive in a limo, walk the red carpet, and are surrounded by famous actors and celebrities of the time.
On September 1, 1939, “Mickey’s Gala Premier” was the final program broadcast by the BBC Television Service (today's BBC One) before it ceased broadcasting during World War II. 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.
The cartoon “Gallopin’ Romance” was made exclusively for Mickey’s Gala Premiere. There is no separate Mickey Mouse cartoon with that title. However, both the title and the design of Pete's costume used in Gallopin' Romance resemble the true cartoon “The Gallopin' Gaucho”.
Both Jimmy Durante and the comedy duo of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy would share an appearance with Mickey in the MGM 1934 film Hollywood Party, with Durante even interacting with Mickey in the mouse's key scene.
Younger viewers often misidentify Will H. Hays to be Prince Charles, 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.