On a desktop with many books, familiar characters in literature (such as Captain Kidd, Huckleberry Finn, Robinson Crusoe, and Rip Van Winkle) come out of their books after dark. When the ... See full summary »
On a desktop with many books, familiar characters in literature (such as Captain Kidd, Huckleberry Finn, Robinson Crusoe, and Rip Van Winkle) come out of their books after dark. When the book "Minstrel Days" is placed on the desk, the people who emerge from this book put on an old fashioned minstrel show, with comedians, an orchestra, chorus, and dancing girls. Written by
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A collection of tiny literary characters emerge from their books at midnight to cavort atop a reading desk.
Brief and rather bizarre, ONE FOR THE BOOK features a young Betty Hutton as a singing, dancing Cinderella. She's highly energetic, but the film makes no cohesive sense whatsoever, playing out like a collection of musical acts in desperate need of a plot. Minstrel singers, a marching girls band, a shuffle dancer, scary Old Man Mose and plenty of bad jokes are some of the disparate elements in this short subject. Miriam Grahame appears for a few minutes to sing the pretty ballad, Love Will Find A Way,' but it's not enough to save the film.
Among the characters who appear are Captain Kidd, Robinson Crusoe, Huckleberry Finn, Ben-Hur, Rip Van Winkle & the Count of Monte Cristo.
Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.
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