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Two Hearts in Wax Time (1935)

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A department store employee who carries mannequins tends to overindulge in alcohol. One evening after work, he sees his "coworkers" come to life in the store's display window.


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Uncredited cast:
Jay Eaton ...
Mannequin Dresser (uncredited)
Frank Hayes ...
Frank, the Mannequin (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ...
Deck Attendant (uncredited)
Shirley, the Mannequin (uncredited)
Mannequin Dresser (uncredited)
Gus Shy ...
Joe - the Inebriated Custodian (uncredited)


Two window dressers in a department-store basement tease Joe the drunk janitor about the mannequins being alive. Later, at 2:30 a.m., Joe puts on a tux and clocks out. On the street, he passes the store windows and the mannequins come to life, putting on a song and dance revue for him. He encourages the women in one window to visit the men in the next. Two mannequins pair up and sing a duet with ice cream cones, a railroad porter, and dancing couples. The spooning couple then joins a window of campers, singing "Let us live in beautiful illusion." Then, the lovers stumble into a window of villains, including Joe's doppelganger. Is the couple in danger? What will Joe do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Musical | Fantasy | Short


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Release Date:

23 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Department Store  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Released with no director credit. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening disclaimer: This is the tale of a man who imbibed Not wisely - but far too well From a bottle that contained a potent brew He'll never forget the sights that he saw In his inebriated spell Don't laugh! - It could happen to you - or you - or you! See more »


References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Come Join the Dancing
Performed by Shirley Ross and others
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19 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I guess the only thing you can call Two Hearts In Wax Time as a genre is a Musicalette. I'm sure the paying customers of the movie-going public enjoyed it back in the day.

The film seems mainly to be a vehicle for the talents of Gus Shy who was a vaudevillian of some note and this was his next to last film appearance. Shy rivaled Ed Norton and Vince Barnett for playing inebriates on film. He's a custodian in a department store and while on a toot he sees the mannequins in the window come alive and do a few songs and dances.

Such folks as Shirley Ross, Syd Saylor, and Sam McDaniel who had some substantial film credits are in this as well. It's an easy to take musical short or Musicalette if you prefer.

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