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Once Over Lightly (1938)

In this spoof of college life, Clipton Barber College must meet Beardsley in an intercollegiate face-off. Thanks to a secret depilatory developed by Professor Cavoris, Clipton has the edge.

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Professor Dimitrius Kapouris
Dixie Dunbar ...
Judy Kapouris
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Bob Bradley
Frank Melton ...
Joe Stevens
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In this spoof of college life, Clipton Barber College must meet Beardsley in an intercollegiate face-off. Thanks to a secret depilatory developed by Professor Cavoris, Clipton has the edge. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Short | Comedy | Musical | Sport

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17 December 1938 (USA)  »

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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Let's Live Happily Ever After
Written by Mort Greene and Will Jason
Performed by Dixie Dunbar and Johnny Downs (vocals)
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Editor needed to shave a bit closer
17 November 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Even Billy Gilbert cannot shave -- I mean save -- this musical comedy about a rivalry between two barbers' colleges run like a football game. It looks as though the editor thought it was funnier than it was and ran the reaction shots longer than needed, resulting in slow pacing and annoying gaps.

Billy is in full cry doing Italian double talk AND a bit of his famous sneezing routine. If they had just kept the camera on him and left out the reaction shots entirely, it might have worked better. Indeed, it looks like the dp was trying to get out of the short subject department using inappropriately dramatic shots to demonstrate his brilliance.

This very atypical MGM short was probably an attempt to fill in the gap left by Hal Roach's exit from short subject production. Alas, MGM never produced much worthwhile short subject material, the Robert Benchley lectures aside.


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