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Service with a Smile (1934)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Musical | 28 July 1934 (USA)
Leon brags about his "super-deluxe" gas station, which he claims is run by chorus girls.



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Complete credited cast:
Walter Webb
Girl in Auto
Marie Wells ...
Mrs. Walter Webb
Harry Seymour ...
Harold Bigsby
Frank Darien ...


Leon brags about his "super-deluxe" gas station, which he claims is run by chorus girls.

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Short | Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

28 July 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1933-1934 season) #25: Service with a Smile  »

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(3-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first of two three-strip Technicolor live-action shorts, completed and released by WB four months before La Cucaracha (1934), which is often identified as the first one. Good Morning, Eve! (1934) was the second one. See more »


Whatcha Gonna Do Now?
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Cliff Hess
Performed by Maxine Doyle and others
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One full grin please.
29 May 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Absolutely dazzling and delicious, this eye-popping 1934 Technicolor musical short made at Warner Bros is a must-see for any person and friends who love this vintage era of music and film. As with GOOD MORNING EVE made at the same time, this features Leon Errol and his corny vaudeville jokes wrapped around one singular idea, and - yippee!

  • is filmed in full spectrum Technicolor. What a treat. I insist you

also read all the other comments on this site for SERVICE WITH A SMILE because they will say all the wonderful things I could repeat. I am not sure what disc from WB this features on but it is a treat beyond expectation. It makes you realize how sensational the Technicolor of the time was and also how hilarious was the WB style of chorus girl comedy. With snappy songs, snazzy deco design and delicious color, SERVICE WITH A SMILE is set in a roadside car service station run by girls and with facilities as risqué as the pre-code days would allow. Whoever said it is a vintage car lovers delight is also correct. I thank whoever has preserved and reissued this short; SERVICE WITH A SMILE is quite perfect. For technical buffs, it is a treat to see the overlapping color lines where some of the negative has shrunk, thus inadvertently allowing us 75 years later to get a glimpse of the technique used.

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