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
Talented B-Movie director Roy Rowland got his start in pictures directing shorts for MGM back when movie theaters showed short films instead of soda commercials before the feature. His most famous shorts are the comical "How To..." series. These 11 minute spoofs were "mockumentary" educational films on how to do seemingly simple tasks. In this, the first of the series, narrator Robert Benchley instructs an average joe on the "proper" way to wake up, get ready and "start the day." Of course, it wouldn't be a "How To..." film unless every possible thing went wrong along the way. From a toothpaste shortage to a faulty shower, the film is one disaster after another until its modest punchline. Those looking for unappreciated talent should consider Roy Rowland.
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