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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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Walter Catlett ...
Fred
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Alex Scarpio
Jane Gilbert ...
Melinda Swinnerton
Esther Howard ...
Blanche - Fred's Wife
Andrew Tombes ...
Mr. J.D. Swinnerton
Georgia Caine ...
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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Jeepers Creepers
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Strange Warner Short
23 April 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Alex in Wonderland (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This rather strange short has a husband (Walter Catlett) becoming upset when his brother-in-law Alex (Eddie Foy, Jr.) comes to stay with him. The annoying relative finally does something good by getting them invited to a party but of course things don't work out well in the end. This 14-minute comedy from Warner appears to be partially influenced by The Three Stooges as there are many examples of sound effects being used to try and jazz up the laughs. These sound effects really don't work in regards to laugh but that type of comedy just seems to far from what you'd expect from both Catlett and Foy that you can't help but be slightly drawn into the weirdness. I think the short deserves some credit because I can honestly say that I've never seen a Warner short like it before. It's certainly not a masterpiece but I think those who enjoy sitting through short subjects should at least find it to be an interesting curio. Both Catlett and Foy work well together even though the screenplay isn't anything to write home about. The two of them can bounce off one another at a good rate and their energy helps keep the film moving.


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