Pick Your Own Rating! Either Adorably Kitschy or Incredibly Stupid!
A Fifties couple (choreographer Ward Ellis and dancer Virginia Gibson as songsmith Jeff and his wife Mary) are on their way out the door for their honeymoon, delayed one year already, when the show's producer Gordon (long-time character actor Alan Mowbray) calls up with bad news - their show's diva Sonya doesn't like the tune to a big number, and demands an immediate rewrite! Jeff, predictably, suffers from writer's block being asked to produce a new tune on demand - so supernaturally adorable Mary goes into the ::shudder:: outdated kitchen and begins singing about the modern kitchen she wishes she had, complete with telephone -
Speaking of "supernatural", there's an Angel on their roof, Wilbur, who looks and acts like Charles Nelson Reilly playing Sammy Glick, but who is actually longtime B-movie star Chick Chandler. He's been sent to expedite Jeff's and Mary's honeymoon - good thing he has an eight- ball of coke (er, "bag of magic dust") handy, hmmm?
This bit of charming/mindroasting whimsy/insanity was intended to market Bell Telephone's new color-coordinated phones, which could match the decor of any room and came in a variety of shapes as well, but that particular selling point is buried in a supernatural musical comedy one-act that looks like a demented precursor to THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW. Directed by legendary dance choreographer/director Gower Champion, it's remarkably well done, the script has genuine bits of wit to it, the music is superior to its purpose as a marketing tool, the cast is top-notch and game - and as Tom Servo wondered when it aired on MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, "What the Hell was that about, anyway?"
Watched on its own its charms this short might not be appreciated, but watched with Mike and the 'Bots, it's a classic of WTF?ery for me. Watch it yourself, and see how you feel....
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