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Violets in Spring (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  5 September 1936 (USA)
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Willie, a janitor at Acme Carpet Sweepers Company, is taking a night course in practical psychology. He believes the boss at Acme, John E. Stevens, runs the company like a machine, and not ... See full summary »

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Willie, a janitor at Acme Carpet Sweepers Company, is taking a night course in practical psychology. He believes the boss at Acme, John E. Stevens, runs the company like a machine, and not in a good way as his employees act like robots without any emotional attachment to their work or each other. An example is the relationship between clerks Charlie Hall and Mary Jones, who have worked side-by-side in an office all their own for four years, and over that time have never each looked at the other as another human being. Based on what he has learned in class thus far, Willie believes that Stevens should stimulate the repressed human impulses of Charlie and Mary, which could lead to a more humanistic working relationship and perhaps even love. Without telling Stevens, Willie goes about bringing those emotions out in Charlie and Mary, with both him and Stevens having to deal with the aftermath. Written by Huggo

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Violets in Spring
Written by Val Burton, Will Jason, and Stanley Rauh
Performed by George Murphy (vocal)
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For what it is, it is very good
21 March 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This certainly is an unusual little short that I recently watched on Turner Classic Movies. I happen to unintentionally record this short film that followed a full-length one. While usually I am NOT a big fan of musicals, I decided to give this one a try. Well I am certainly glad I did, as it was very unusual and quite sweet.

The film starts out with a very strange but very interesting musical number involving people getting out of bed and going to work. It worked quite well because of the way it was handled--very offbeat and also pretty funny seeing all the miserable people forcing themselves to go! The film follows people going into one particular company. In a very surreal scene, the boss and a lowly janitor get to talking and have a bet. The janitor says he can get a couple of employees to fall in love using a little "psychology". It's all in very good fun and it's also rather romantic.

Overall, a short worth seeing just because it is so unique and stylish--plus it has a nice sense of humor and some quirky little surreal elements that made me smile.


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