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 »
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
Mildly entertaining two-reeler from MGM has Charlie Hall (George Murphy) and Mary JOnes (Virginia Grey) working in an office together for four years and finally agreeing to go out on a date. The two quickly fall in love but soon this threatens the working relationship. This musical really isn't all that memorable but there are a couple things that keep it watchable. One is getting to see Grey in a somewhat early role. She's certainly the best thing about the film as she has a certain charm that manages to shine through even though the screenplay doesn't give her much to do. Murphy wasn't nearly as memorable but he too was good enough and the two stars at least had a little chemistry working. Another good thing about the picture is that it somehow goes by rather quickly, which really shocked me because of how unoriginal most of everything is. The film gets off to a really bizarre start and especially once you hear the opening musical number about people getting out of bed and heading to work. The other musical numbers are just as bland but they're at least not as strange as the opening one. There's really nothing overly good here but at the same time the thing isn't the worst that you're going to see.
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