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Alex in Wonderland (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Short | 9 March 1940 (USA)
In this Warner Bros. short film, Alex visits his sister Belinda and her husband Fred. It looks like Alex is going to be around for a while, much to Fred's displeasure. Alex in is New York ... See full summary »

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Fred
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Alex Scarpio
Jane Gilbert ...
Melinda Swinnerton
Esther Howard ...
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Mr. J.D. Swinnerton
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Mrs. J.D. Swinnerton
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In this Warner Bros. short film, Alex visits his sister Belinda and her husband Fred. It looks like Alex is going to be around for a while, much to Fred's displeasure. Alex in is New York to look for a job and he sees an ad for a champagne salesman. He decides to crash a swank party given by railroad tycoon J.D. Swinnerton and his wife. Alex has his own zany way of getting an introduction to the man. Mayhem ensues when several of the guests come as Robin Hood and one of them is a jewel thief. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Musical | Short

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9 March 1940 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1939-1940 season) #6: Alex in Wonderland  »

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Vitaphone production reels #9619-9620. See more »

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The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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The humor is very, very broad.
10 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Eddie Foy Jr. plays an obnoxious brother-in-law who comes not only to visit but makes a total menace of himself. And, despite Foy's horribly boorish behavior, his sister-in-law excuses everything and treats her poor husband (Walter Catlett) like dirt. While it was supposed to be a comedy, the humor was generally far from funny--mostly because Foy's character was so far over-played that he seemed less like a thoughtless person and more like Satan. And, as a result, only the most easy to please people will enjoy this film--others will simply be irritated. A terribly unfunny and painful film from start to finish.

A few things to note. First, the short was narrated by Frank McHugh--someone you might not expect to be narrating anything. Second, while I could be mistaken, the interior of the mansion late in the film appears to be the same one used in "The Beverly Hillbillies" TV show. Third, there is a somewhat offensive black joke--though it's no more distasteful than the rest of this crappy film.


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