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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 »


We're Monsters, One and All
Performed by Gus Shy and others
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MGM Production But a Universal Mystery
21 July 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Two Hearts in Wax Time (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Technicolor short from MGM is a rather interesting viewing experience but for reasons you might not think of. The story centers around a drunk department store worker (Gus Shy) who has one too many and begins to think that the mannequin's are coming to life and doing music numbers. There are a few pluses here including the interesting set design and of course the beautiful color. The color really jumps off the screen and like many of these early Technicolor shorts you can tell someone went to great trouble to make sure the film was as colorful as possible. The music numbers are decent at best and to be honest I thought the best song as the drunken Shy doing "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows." Now, what makes this short so interesting is a brief appearance of Frankenstein's monster. Why is that interesting? Well, this short was apparently released before BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN yet the monster here is clearly "trying" to look like Karloff did in that film. However, there's actually a lot more because the monster is talking here and even samples some dialogue that would appear in the James Whale film. So, if the release date of this coming out first is true, then this here is the first film to feature the monster not only talking but also in color. It really makes you wonder if someone saw an early preview of the Whale film, if this was just luck or perhaps something else was going on.

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