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Over the Counter (1932)

Passed | | Musical, Short | 15 October 1932 (USA)
The staff at Drake's Department Store are exasperated because Mr. Drake, the store owner and president, has let his adult son Freddy run rampant at the store despite knowing that he is a ... See full summary »


Jack Cummings


Stanley Rauh (story), Eddie Dowling (story) (as Edward Dowling)


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Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Mr. Drake
Franklin Pangborn ... Drake's Assistant (as Franklyn Pangborn)
Emerson Treacy ... Freddy Drake
Eleanor Thatcher ... Vocalist
Maurene Marseilles Maurene Marseilles ... Vocalist
M-G-M Dancing Girls M-G-M Dancing Girls ... Dancing Ensemble


The staff at Drake's Department Store are exasperated because Mr. Drake, the store owner and president, has let his adult son Freddy run rampant at the store despite knowing that he is a trouble maker. Freddy has made some unilateral changes at the store, even without his father's knowledge. Some such changes are to replace many of the floor staff with a bevy of chorus girls, to convert the nursery into a nightclub, and to make bargain shopping a spectator sport. As such, Drake senior, a conservative man who believes in tradition, decides personally to investigate. Which Drake will win by making the other see the world of the store through his eyes? Written by Huggo

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A Colortone Musical


Musical | Short


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Release Date:

15 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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MGM production number 642. See more »


Mr. Drake: Oh, one minute. In what department is that maniac son of mine working today?
Mrs. Snyder: I don't know Mr. Drake. Yesterday he was in ladies underwear.
Mr. Drake: Take him out of ladies underwear and put him in mens pants.
Mrs. Snyder: Yes, Mr. Drake.
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Written by George Frank Rubens
Sung by Maurene Marseilles
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Unusual...not good...but unusual
22 February 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Over the Counter" is a very unusual short film because it is in color...quite odd for the early to mid 1930s. However, unlike most two-color films I have seen of the era, the colors are a bit different. Instead of the mostly orange and green tones, this one is more pink-orange and turquoise.

The story is a bizarre and nonsensical thing with the owner of a department store (Sidney Toler) learning from his manager (Franklin Pangborn) that the son has turned his department into a strange nightclub! Does this make any sense? Nah. What also doesn't make any sense (though it is mildly funny) is the sporting event being broadcast of some insane women having a shopping contest. Finally, there is a hilarious (NOT!) sequence involving a woman abusing her husband. All in all, a not particularly good or remarkable film except for its early use of color.

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