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
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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