The staff at Drake's Department Store are exasperated because Mr. Drake, the store owner and president, has let his adult son Freddy run rampant at the store despite knowing that he is a ...
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The staff at Drake's Department Store are exasperated because Mr. Drake, the store owner and president, has let his adult son Freddy run rampant at the store despite knowing that he is a trouble maker. Freddy has made some unilateral changes at the store, even without his father's knowledge. Some such changes are to replace many of the floor staff with a bevy of chorus girls, to convert the nursery into a nightclub, and to make bargain shopping a spectator sport. As such, Drake senior, a conservative man who believes in tradition, decides personally to investigate. Which Drake will win by making the other see the world of the store through his eyes? Written by
"Over the Counter" is a very unusual short film because it is in color...quite odd for the early to mid 1930s. However, unlike most two-color films I have seen of the era, the colors are a bit different. Instead of the mostly orange and green tones, this one is more pink-orange and turquoise.
The story is a bizarre and nonsensical thing with the owner of a department store (Sidney Toler) learning from his manager (Franklin Pangborn) that the son has turned his department into a strange nightclub! Does this make any sense? Nah. What also doesn't make any sense (though it is mildly funny) is the sporting event being broadcast of some insane women having a shopping contest. Finally, there is a hilarious (NOT!) sequence involving a woman abusing her husband. All in all, a not particularly good or remarkable film except for its early use of color.
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