A laboratory researcher stands beside a gurney where an experimental patient, with wires and hoses attached, lies asleep. The researcher explains that people have asked for advice on how to wake up, so his lab is investigating reactions to loud noises and bright lights. He then takes us to a man asleep in bed at home, and an off-screen narrator takes over as the man wakes, rises, stretches, brushes his teeth, dresses and heads for work. The lure of more sleep, the twinges exercise brings, the absence of toothpaste, the temptations to dawdle while dressing, and a broken shoe lace conspire to make the subject late. Will it all work out? Written by
Entry in MGM's "How to..." series with Robert Benchley playing your average man. In this episode (as the title tells you) he teaches us how we should go about starting the day so that we arrive at work refreshed and on time. This includes the best way to wake up in the morning as well as the best way to get dressed and brush your teeth. This is a pretty weak entry because the narration is so incredibly bad and unfunny that it quickly grows on your nerves and not in a good way. There are a few funny physical gags running throughout the film but they're all pretty much ruined by the narration. Whenever Turner Classic Movies plays this short I'd highly recommend turning the sound off and just pretending you're watching a silent film. Benchley does a pretty good job in terms of the physical stuff but the screenplay really lets him down. This short isn't as bad as HOW TO VOTE but it's not as funny as HOW TO EAT or HOW TO WATCH FOOTBALL.
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