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Happily Buried (1939)

Approved | | Musical, Romance, Short | 14 April 1939 (USA)
For some unexplained reason, sales of waffle irons have plummeted. Evelyn Foster, president of the Magic Circle Waffle Iron Company, and Richard Wright, president of the Four Square Waffle ... See full summary »

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Rita Oehmen ...
Evelyn Foster (as Rita Oehman)
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Richard Wright (as Anthony Allan)
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For some unexplained reason, sales of waffle irons have plummeted. Evelyn Foster, president of the Magic Circle Waffle Iron Company, and Richard Wright, president of the Four Square Waffle Iron Company, decide to merge their companies and get married as well. When Richard insists that the new company make square waffle irons rather than round ones, Evelyn calls off the marriage and the company merger. Richard meets a Hindu yogi, who helps him win Evelyn back. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Musical | Romance | Short

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Directors Recitative
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Written by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by directors of the two waffle iron companies along with John Hubbard and Rita Oehmen
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Would Swift himself recognize this?
3 July 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised that no one has caught on to the fact that it was none other than Jonathan Swift from Gulliver's Travels who inspired this short subject. The island kingdoms of those little people of Lilliput and Blefescu and their quarrel about which end to break an egg, the big or the small is clearly what the makers of this short subject Happily Buried took their idea from.

Here the quarrel is waffle irons. John Hubbard president of a company that makes square waffle irons wants to merge professionally and personally with Rita Oehman CEO of a company that makes round waffle irons. What will the merged company make, who will give in?

Benny Rubin playing a Hindu fakir goes to work to get the merger on track, who will win? For that you see the film for.

Bob Wright and Chet Forrest who would soon be writing better songs for Song Of Norway and Kismet contribute some non-memorable numbers. Some amusing moments, but this one is sub par.

I doubt Jonathan Swift would be too flattered.


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