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Aspiring songwriter George Harris works as a harried soda jerk at an extremely busy soda fountain counter. His boss, Mr. Adams, threatens to fire him if he doesn't pick up his speed of service. When Adams sees him fraternizing with a customer instead of doing his job, he fires him. That customer is singer Sally Ray, who is currently in rehearsals for a new Broadway stage musical. After listening to George's music, Sally and her colleague Elsie try to get George's songs into the show. Regardless of what Mr. Hayburn the director says, Elsie thinks she's got a plan to involve George into the show. Could this chance be the start of George's rise to stardom, or is it just a pipe dream? Written by
"Soda jerk jerks audience right out of their seat!"
Georgie Price (George Harris) is a daydreaming soda jerk at a busy confectionery shop with dreams of the big time. He gets his chance when a flirtatious gal and her friend whisk him off to the theater to audition his writing skill for a Broadway director. On an unimaginable fast track that's only possible in twenty minute film shorts like this, George wows the crowd with his songs and impersonation of folks like Ed Wynn, Harry Richmond, Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor. Most of those names won't mean anything to viewers today, and quite honestly, actor Harris's delivery was a bit hokey for my taste. That goes double for the Simon Legree/Uncle Tom's Cabin inspired number with both men and women performing in black face. But in the end it all turns out to be a dream with Georgie waking up back in the soda shop, none the worse for wear but with a setback to his song writing aspirations.
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