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Will Power (1936)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  6 March 1936 (USA)
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Edgar decides on a plan to get his freeloading slacker of a brother-in-law, who hasn't worked in four years, to get a job by faking a heart attack.



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Complete credited cast:
Edgar Kennedy ...
Edgar Kennedy
Florence Lake ...
Florence Kennedy
Kitty McHugh ...
Miss Jones, Nurse
Dot Farley ...
Jack Rice ...
Harrison Greene ...
R.W. Midgley the Boss


Edgar thinks he finally has a plan that will force his lazy, mooching brother-in-law to get a job. First, Edgar has some friends help him to stage a fake heart attack. Then, while he is supposed to be recovering, he taps into a source of mystical will power to do the rest. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short






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6 March 1936 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Nurse: [after throwing a fishbowl of water in the face of the unresponsive Kennedy] Wake up! Oh, oh, are you all right?
Edgar Kennedy: Oh, oh, Miss Jones, thank you for waking me up. I almost went too far that time. I got into the spirit world, and I couldn't get back.
Nurse: Oh, I was so frightened!
Edgar Kennedy: But you know, Miss Jones, I have a conviction that my brother-in-law has a job right this minute.
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Composed by Euphemia Allen (a.k.a. Arhur de Lulli) (1877)
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Surely they could have come up with a better plot than this!!
21 June 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of a bunch of films Edgar Kennedy made with Florence Lake. In all these films, Lake's brother and mother live with them--and make Edgar's life miserable. ANd, like the rest of the films, Florence has a simpering laugh that is VERY hard to take! This one has a bizarre plot that really, really stretches itself way beyond the point where you need to suspend disbelief to enjoy it!

Edgar has a plan to try to force his freeloading brother-in-law to get a job. He pretends to have a heart attack (forcing the brother-in-law to go to work). Then, and here's where it gets stupid, he uses 'mental power' to get the bum working--concentrating strongly in the hope that this concentration will make the guy finally find a job. Huh?! While it's not even in the middle of the series, this one sure looks like the writers ran out of ideas! Often dumb and not particularly enjoyable.

By the way, it was pretty weird how everyone referred to Florence's brother as 'Brother'. Even his own mother called him that as well as the guy interviewing him for a job!

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