Use Your Imagination (1933)

Not Rated  |   |  Short, Musical, Romance  |  2 September 1933 (USA)
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The story of a likable young man can't hold a job because he is always daydreaming usually about girlfriend Mitzi.



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Cast overview:
Hal Le Roy ...
Mitzi Mayfair ...
Mitzi Mayfair
Pat Rooney Jr. ...
Pat (as Pat Rooney)
Robert Pitkin ...
Benny (as Bob Pitkin)
Maurice Barrett ...
Majestic Hotel Boss
Eton Boys ...
Four Eton Boys (as The Four Eton Boys)


A young man is having trouble holding onto a steady job because of his overactive imagination. In whatever setting he's placed, he usually thinks about dancing and/or Mitzi Mayfair, the costume designer he's in love with, but who probably doesn't even know he exists. As he goes from one job to another, he starts off well, but his imagination gets him into trouble. Is there a job where his imagination will both be a benefit and where he gets the girl of his dreams? Written by Huggo

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2 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1933-1934 season) #1: Use Your Imagination  »

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Vitaphone production reels #1545-1546. See more »


The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played briefly after Hal tries on Pat Rooney's shoes
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Entertaining Short
28 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Use Your Imagination (1933)

*** (out of 4)

This musical from Vitaphone is without question one of the strangest that I've seen from the New York office. Hal LeRoy plays a rather lifeless worker who is constantly getting fired because he's always daydreaming about the girl (Mitzi Mayfair) of his dreams. Throughout the 18-minutes we see several of these dreams come to life in forms of dancing and singing. Roy Mack turned out dozens of these two-reelers during the 30s and I must say that this here is one of the most entertaining. This short works for several different reasons but the biggest is that LeRoy is just so good in the part that you can't help but really like his character. He's never annoying or over-the-top with the character and that makes you feel for the guy. It also doesn't hurt that he's not that bad of a singer and he does a terrific tap dance sequence. Another reason the film works so well is because it just really features some strange stuff including a barber pole dance, which you have to see for yourself to believe. The final segment of the film is something I won't ruin but it's just so bizarre that you can't help but wish it had gone on longer.

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