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Two Hearts in Wax Time (1935)

A department store employee who carries mannequins tends to overindulge in alcohol. One evening after work, he sees his "coworkers" come to life in the store's display window.

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Uncredited cast:
Jay Eaton ... Mannequin Dresser (uncredited)
Frank Hayes Frank Hayes ... Frank (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Deck Attendant (uncredited)
Shirley Ross ... Shirley (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Mannequin Dresser (uncredited)
Gus Shy Gus Shy ... Joe (uncredited)


Two window dressers in a department-store basement tease Joe the drunk janitor about the mannequins being alive. Later, at 2:30 a.m., Joe puts on a tux and clocks out. On the street, he passes the store windows and the mannequins come to life, putting on a song and dance revue for him. He encourages the women in one window to visit the men in the next. Two mannequins pair up and sing a duet with ice cream cones, a railroad porter, and dancing couples. The spooning couple then joins a window of campers, singing "Let us live in beautiful illusion." Then, the lovers stumble into a window of villains, including Joe's doppelganger. Is the couple in danger? What will Joe do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Musical | Fantasy | Short


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Release Date:

23 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Department Store See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Released with no director credit. See more »


[first lines]
Joe - the Inebriated Custodian: [drunkenly singing 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows' as he stumbles down the basement stairs by wear the window dressers are at work] I'm always chasing rainbows, doo doo doo doo-doo doo...
Mannequin Dresser: That's Joe, drunk again.
Joe - the Inebriated Custodian: ...I'm always chasing rainbows,
[stumbles into a male mannequin]
Joe - the Inebriated Custodian: oh, look out, look out - don't make a pass at me.
Mannequin Dresser: I'm gonna put a stop to that once and for all.
[approaches Joe and taps him on the shoulder with a mannequin arm]
Mannequin Dresser: Hey menace... how'd ya like to have somebody jerk...
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Crazy Credits

Opening disclaimer: This is the tale of a man who imbibed Not wisely - but far too well From a bottle that contained a potent brew He'll never forget the sights that he saw In his inebriated spell Don't laugh! - It could happen to you - or you - or you! See more »


References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Just Because I'm in Love with You
Performed by Frank Hayes, Shirley Ross and others
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Interesting display of early Technicolor for a musical comedy short...
31 October 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Although the musical interludes are on shaky ground, they're a lot better than what usually was done by the '30s Warner "Brevities" at another studio. In fact, a lot of imagination and creativity went into the making of this MGM short about an inebriated custodian of wax window models who sees them all come to life.

GUS SHY is a vaudevillian who does his drunken act well, but the accent here is on what he sees once the window displays come alive. Especially interesting are "The Greatest Villains" featuring a very striking use of the Frankenstein creature, bearing a strong resemblance to Boris Karloff in the old Universal film.

The songs are a weak lot but the imagination goes into the various antics of the live wax mannequins who go from window to window experiencing different settings and interacting with the various characters.

Summing up: Inventive use of early Technicolor makes watching it worthwhile.

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