Will Power (1936)

Approved  |   |  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
Dot Farley ...
Jack Rice ...
Harrison Greene ...
R.W. Midgley (as Harrison Green)


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






Release Date:

6 March 1936 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Very Odd
5 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A very strange Edgar Kennedy short,directed by cult film-maker Arthur Ripley.Ripley apparently had a reputation for being a very odd person in real life,and that is certainly reflected in this comedy,though it is all the better for it.

The story is about Edgar trying to get his lazy,irritating brother-in-law(Jack Rice)a job simply by mental telepathy;what with atmospheric lighting,semi-psychological conversations with a nurse,and a zen-like slow repetitious chant from Kennedy("GET....... BROTHER......A .......JOB"),it seems more like a film noir than a domestic two-reeler! Edgar's strategy works alright,but not in the way he intended! Well worth seeing.(It is now available,along with other Kennedy short comedies,on a DVD compilation)

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