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A Case of Spring Fever (1940)

An animated pixie named Coily grants a man his wish that all springs disappear...a wish that he soon regrets.


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Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ... Coily (voice) (uncredited)
Edward J. Nugent ... Golfer (uncredited)


A man is unable to play golf with his buddies because he has to fix the springs in the family couch. Frustrated, he wishes aloud that he never has to deal with another spring in his life. Coily the Spring Sprite then appears and grants his wish! The man quickly learns that springs are everywhere and are essential for the working of just about everything he owns, from his front door to his wristwatch and his automobile. Coily returns everything to normal and, having seen the light, the man becomes an unstoppable champion of the role of springs in today's world. Written by yortsnave

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June 1940 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This short was riffed (a comedic review of tv shows and movies) by the guys at Mystery Science Theater 3000 and later by many of the same people on Rifftrax. See more »


Many times, parts of Coily's animated body disappear and then reappear. See more »


[repeated line]
Coily: No springs!
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Referenced in RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop (2017) See more »


Perpetuum Mobile
Music by Johann Strauss
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MST3K: "No springs? I don't care. There's still butter and meatloaf!"
17 September 2010 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

This 1940 educational short, memorably hounded by the folk at Mystery Science Theatre 3000, is a little peculiar in that it seems to recognise that it is annoying and boring. In a chilling fantasy scenario that no doubt had Frank Capra scrambling for pen-and-paper, a befuddled old man, while repairing a couch, wishes the non-existence of springs. A sprightly little animated pooka called Coily materialises out of thin air to grant the man's wish. Want to make a phone call, old man? NOOOOOO SPRINGS! Want to close your front door, old man? NOOOOOO SPRINGS! Want to drive in your car, old man? NOOOOOOOOOO SPRINGS! Okay, at this stage the film has made its point, and ought to quit while it's not too far behind. But it doesn't. Having apparently stopped by the library on his way to the golf course, the old man serenades his golf-buddies with an extended lecture on the usefulness of springs in everyday life. His companions, mirroring the audience's reaction, are at first annoyed, and then promptly fall asleep.

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