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Those Beautiful Dames (1934)

Toys in a shop window come to life and visit a poverty-stricken little girl as she sleeps. She awakens to find that her shack has been refurbished and that the toys are about to throw her a party.


Friz Freleng (as Isadore Freleng)

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A pitiful girl trudges through the snow to her pathetic shack. As she sleeps, a group of toys sneaks in and completely redecorates, with a toy fire engine spraying paint and various toys hanging wallpaper; they also build a fireplace and bring in nice furniture, and apparently build a large addition. When the girl awakes at midnight, the toys sing and dance for her. Finally, everyone adjourns to the new addition where a massive table is set for a party, and all enjoy cake and ice cream. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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10 November 1934 (USA) See more »

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Color (2-strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included in Warner Home Video's 2006 6-disc DVD release "The Busby Berkeley Collection". See more »


An icicle on the inside of a stove drips and dowses the tiny flame inside. In the next shot, the dispirited young heroine closes the gate, but the fire is still burning. See more »


Referenced in Ren & Stimpy 'Adult Party Cartoon': Ren Seeks Help (2003) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played and sung often throughout the picture
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One-hanky classic
10 December 2004 | by eebyoSee all my reviews

A feel-good cartoon about little toys with great big hearts, this has very dark edges and remarkable dramatic tension for a movie so short and filled with characters who aren't, technically, real. It starts with roots in Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Match Girl" before segueing (though nobody knew this in 1934) into an animated "Babette's Feast." Watch the very last shot; the little girl's mixed feelings could break your heart - if, like me, you get sentimental about the travails of cartoon characters.

Chuck Jones fans will note that he got very junior billing for this.

This is a little gem. I hope TCM recycles it often, especially at Christmas time.

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