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Arthur Hoyt ...
George Twining
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Willie, as an assistant window-dresser, is the lowest man on the totem pole at a department store. To add insult-to-injury Willie is also the store's designated 'Fired Man."; when a disgruntled customer demands that somebody-must-be-fired, Willie is summoned and summarily fired, only to be rehired when the now-satisfied customer has departed. Willie inadvertently adopts a four-year-old orphan at a cost of ten-dollars a week, and things go from bad to worse since Willie doesn't make ten-dollars a week. But, with the help of Mary, a beautiful young nurse, Willie manages to turn some corners and improve his lot in life, albeit with some skids along the way. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Willie: I had $3,000, but I invested in oil stocks.
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Shoo the Hoodoo Away
Words by Mort Harris
Music by Ted Snyder
Played by the orchestra during the dancing contest
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Wow...an Eddie Quillan movie that I liked!
11 July 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Night Work" is an unusual case for me. I've seen quite a few of his films and yet I never really liked him or his movies. Yet, surprisingly, with this film I found myself liking him and enjoying this low-budget project quite a bit. It's not exactly brilliant but is fun and worth your time.

Eddie plays 'Musher'--the low guy on the totem pole at the department store where he works. His immediate boss is a jerk and he's the designated guy to fire. What does this mean? Whenever customers come in to complain, Musher is brought in and fired in front of the customer--and then he goes right back to work in the window dressing department! It's actually pretty funny though his character hates his lot in life--at least until he meets a cute young lady. But this is also a serious problem. She works at an orphanage and he just cannot say no to her. He even agrees to become the sponsor for one of the orphans though he cannot afford it with his meager salary. How does all this work out amazingly well in the end? See the film.

The pleasantness and decency of the characters help with this one. You really like Musher and his girlfriend and you want them to succeed. And, the ending is a hoot--tying everything together wonderfully. Overall, a nice little film that isn't especially deep and has too much singing but is quite fun.


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