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Will Power (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 6 March 1936 (USA)
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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Florence Kennedy
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Jack Rice ...
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Harrison Greene ...
R.W. Midgley (as Harrison Green)
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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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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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Doesn't Work Very Well
13 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Despite the best efforts of the veteran comic actor Edgar Kennedy, this short comedy is just too goofy to work very well. The story starts off all right, with Edgar deciding to use a combination of trickery and "Will Power" to try to motivate his lazy brother-in-law to get a job. But as it progresses, it's neither plausible nor very satisfying. If it were a little funnier, it would be all right if it didn't make any sense, or vice versa, but unfortunately, neither is really the case. Kennedy had good timing and many other comic skills, but this time he just wasn't given enough to work with, and it just doesn't have much to offer.


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