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New Shoes (1936)

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A budding love affair as experienced by the new pairs of shoes each of the couple has just bought. He notices her at the shoe store and chats her up as they sit side by side trying on new ... See full summary »

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Jean Chatburn ...
The Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Lake ...
The Boy (uncredited)
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A budding love affair as experienced by the new pairs of shoes each of the couple has just bought. He notices her at the shoe store and chats her up as they sit side by side trying on new pairs. She rebuffs him at first, finally, as they finish their purchases, agreeing to have dinner with him. Meanwhile, the two pairs of shoes start to talk, sharing stories they've heard of how mean owners can be. The shoes decide to take matters into their own hands, giving their owners' feet a pinch. At the nightclub, while the couple gets to know each other (and remove their shoes for relief), the shoes continue their new friendship. Maybe each has found a soul mate. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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5 September 1936 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Oh, Bless My Sole
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Written by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by a chorus
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Weird.
7 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an old MGM musical short that was included on the DVD for "Wife Versus Secretary" and I must admit that it one of the most bizarre shorts I've ever seen--and I have seen a lot of shorts!! The short consists of singing and talking shoes! This is accomplished using real shoes and movie them in some cases like marionettes (with invisible threads) and in other cases manipulating the shoes like puppets. The overall effect is just plain weird!

The opening number involves a shoe store full of shoes. Later, the camera follows a couple (Arthur Lake and Jean Chatburn) as they meet, go on a date and fall in love. The shoes talk and mirror the way the couple feels about each other! So is it good? Absolutely not! It's all pretty silly and I doubt if most people will even last the full 10 minutes of the running time. BUT, if you do, you may just find it's all rather sweet--even if Lake can't sing well and the shoes are just a strange gimmick. Worth a look mostly if you are in the mood for something different or, if you are like me, you'll watch most any short!

By the way, Arthur Lake is famous for playing Dagwood in the Blondie and Dagwood films. Jean Chatburn on the other hand, only appeared in a few films but lived to the ripe old age of 92.


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