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Two Hearts in Wax Time (1935)

Passed  -  Musical | Fantasy | Short  -  23 March 1935 (USA)
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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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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Jay Eaton ...
Mannequin Dresser (uncredited)
Frank Hayes ...
Frank, the Mannequin (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ...
Deck Attendant (uncredited)
Shirley Ross ...
Shirley, the Mannequin (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ...
Mannequin Dresser (uncredited)
Gus Shy ...
Joe - the Inebriated Custodian (uncredited)
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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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23 March 1935 (USA)  »

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The Department Store  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Just Because I'm in Love with You
Performed by Frank Hayes, Shirley Ross and others
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Amusing Little Short...
9 October 2004 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

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.

6/10


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