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
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 »
When a department store custodian gets drunk, the short follows a night of hallucinating that the mannequins are alive.
The musical ditty itself isn't very distinguishable from others of the era, although the "Greatest Menace Of Them All" bit is almost surreal it's content. Think of a preemptive to Herman Munster & The Penguin and you've got an idea of the 'menaces'.
At 17 minutes, it's hard to take offense to the short, even if you don't like musicals. But the bookends about the alcoholic department custodian is at least a different approach to the musical genre set-up.
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