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Violets in Spring (1936)

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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Let's Keep On Dancing
Written by Val Burton, Will Jason, and Stanley Rauh
Performed by George Murphy and Virginia Grey (dance number)
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Painfully corny MGM short spotlights George Murphy and Virginia Grey...
18 March 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Every cliché imaginable is present in this little 21-minute short from MGM, circa 1936, featuring GEORGE MURPHY and VIRGINIA GREY as a pair of business-like office workers who find romance through the intervention of a janitor (CHRISTIAN RUB) who's been taking psychology courses at night.

Rub is a familiar face as a character actor during the '30s. He was the voice and model for Walt Disney's Gepetto and gives this short film its most spirited performance. Leonid Kinskey is another familiar face as the piano playing neighbor.

Nice seeing Virginia Grey and George Murphy whirl around the dance floor and do some neat dance steps, but the plot is a trifle even for a short subject and is not helped by hapless dialog and the truly cornball situations. Grey looks beautiful and it's a pity her career never really landed her a star-making role, and Murphy is just amiable.

Summing up: Entertaining as a curiosity piece.


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