MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 292,560 this week

The Merry Old Soul (1935)

5.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 56 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Old King Cole marries the Woman in the Shoe. As soon as they get home, the babies show up from every drawer and closet, much to the king's chagrin. As the singers keep informing us (until ... See full summary »

Director:

(as I. Freleng)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 112 titles
created 22 Jun 2012
 
a list of 1007 titles
created 18 Feb 2013
 
a list of 1943 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 1113 titles
created 1 month ago
 
list image
a list of 259 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Merry Old Soul (1935)

The Merry Old Soul (1935) on IMDb 5.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Merry Old Soul.
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Bernice Hansen ...
Mary / Lambs / Woman in the Shoe / Babies (voice) (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

Old King Cole marries the Woman in the Shoe. As soon as they get home, the babies show up from every drawer and closet, much to the king's chagrin. As the singers keep informing us (until the king shuts the window on them), it's the end of his happiness. We spend most of the picture watching his baby assembly line, as he washes them, sends them through the rinse line, dries them with a roller towel, powders them, sends them floating along with balloons, diapers them with paper towels stapled in place, and finally flips them into sleep suits and into their cradles. Time to catch up on the sewing; the machine is connected to the cradles and rocks them as he sews. Once everyone is asleep, the king rests, until two babies run the machine at warp speed, sending everyone flying, ultimately into the king's lap. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

king | baby | towel | shoe | paper towel | See All (51) »


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 August 1935 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Easter Bunnies
(uncredited)
Music by Newell Chase
Played when the children get washed, rinsed, and dried
Also played when the children are being diapered
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Shrek's ancestor
4 August 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

To us in the 21st century, "Shrek" is probably the most recognizable compilation of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. But many years ago, Friz Freleng directed "The Merry Old Soul". It portrays Old King Cole marrying the woman in the shoe and expecting an easy life, but he has to take care of her many children. So, he takes care of them by means of an assembly line. It looks a little like some of the scenes in Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times".

At this point, Warner Bros. animation was only just taking off, so we needn't expect any of the completely wacky gags that characterized their work throughout the '40s and '50s. But it's still fairly entertaining. You can find it on YouTube, although it appears to have been changed slightly (the YouTube version features the zooming WB shield - plus the AAP logo - which didn't yet exist in 1935).


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Merry Old Soul (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?