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

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28 July 1934 (USA)  »

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

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Vitaphone production reels #1701-1702. See more »

Quotes

Walter Webb: Well, I gotta be goin' home. Look after things, Will.
Will: And I won't take any wooden nickels.
Walter Webb: Wooden nickels? You wouldn't?
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Whatcha Gonna Do Now?
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Cliff Hess
Performed by Maxine Doyle and others
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An early thirties automobile buff's delight.
30 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A delight to watch all the way around. Leon Errol is most enjoyable, a grand old trouper. It is another Vitaphone gem from the early days of sound pictures. The Technicolor is magnificent and, I think, the earliest three strip process film I have ever seen. The songs are catchy and the chorus cute. For the auto buff in the family it is a feast to behold.Not only are the cars gorgeous, but you can see their original colors. I especially enjoyed seeing the late twenties Rolls Royce,yellow and black, touring car as well as other American cars of that era. Would love to see more like it. I wish you could get a collection of these shorts on DVD. Wonderful bit of nostalgia from those halcyon days long gone.


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