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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 »

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A Colortone Musical See more »


References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Love Needs No Inspiration
Music by Walter Jurmann and Bronislau Kaper
Performed by Shirley Ross and Frank Hayes
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At least it's not completely terrible.
9 May 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a short film from MGM that is in very vivid Three-Color Technicolor--the first truly full color film used in movies beginning about 1934. Up until then, color films were two-color varieties-- such as Two-Color Technicolor and Cinecolor...and the pictures looked rather orangey green. So, it's obvious when you watch the film that it is very pretty.

Joe (Gus Shy) works at a department store and apparently spends all his time getting drunk. After getting amazingly drunk, he begins hallucinating...seeing the mannequins all coming to life and then singing and dancing. These are mostly very dull numbers--even the really odd one with evil villains through history (and fiction) coming to life. It's supposed to be funny...but they thought wrong...and it's only passable entertainment.

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