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 »
Interesting display of early Technicolor for a musical comedy short...
Although the musical interludes are on shaky ground, they're a lot better than what usually was done by the '30s Warner "Brevities" at another studio. In fact, a lot of imagination and creativity went into the making of this MGM short about an inebriated custodian of wax window models who sees them all come to life.
GUS SHY is a vaudevillian who does his drunken act well, but the accent here is on what he sees once the window displays come alive. Especially interesting are "The Greatest Villains" featuring a very striking use of the Frankenstein creature, bearing a strong resemblance to Boris Karloff in the old Universal film.
The songs are a weak lot but the imagination goes into the various antics of the live wax mannequins who go from window to window experiencing different settings and interacting with the various characters.
Summing up: Inventive use of early Technicolor makes watching it worthwhile.
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