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Toys in a shop window come to life and visit a poverty-stricken little girl as she sleeps. She awakens to find that her shack has been refurbished and that the toys are about to throw her a party.

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A pitiful girl trudges through the snow to her pathetic shack. As she sleeps, a group of toys sneaks in and completely redecorates, with a toy fire engine spraying paint and various toys hanging wallpaper; they also build a fireplace and bring in nice furniture, and apparently build a large addition. When the girl awakes at midnight, the toys sing and dance for her. Finally, everyone adjourns to the new addition where a massive table is set for a party, and all enjoy cake and ice cream. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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10 November 1934 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film short is included as an extra in the Warner DVD of Dames (1934). See more »

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An icicle on the inside of a stove drips and dowses the tiny flame inside. In the next shot, the dispirited young heroine closes the gate, but the fire is still burning. See more »

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Edited into Toy Town Hall (1936) See more »

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Dames
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played and sung often throughout the picture
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Kind of dismal at first, but with a happy ending
11 March 2004 | by (Wichita, Kansas) – See all my reviews

A little girl living (alone?) in utter poverty is rescued from her dismal existence by a group of toys come to life. The flick starts out with the bleak view of the girl's life: even the mice in her shanty can't find enough crumbs to live on. Then the toys - led by a little girl and a toy soldier, last seen in "Beauty and the Beast" (1934) - slip in while the girl is asleep and totally renovate her home. The girl awakens at midnight to a party of cake and ice cream. The cartoon is amusing in its silly, Merrie Melody way. Purists might object to the title song being sung as "Those Beautiful Dolls", buy, hey, this is a kids' cartoon. Favorite bit: A line of teddy bears dances to the title song played on a record player. When the record skips back, the bears all gamely repeat the same step over and over until the little girl fixes the player.


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