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Men of Steel (1938)

In this short subject the employees of the Homey Foamy Washing Machine factory decide to put on a show. It is picked up by a Broadway producer. The show moves on to Broadway, and the ... See full summary »

Director:

Sammy Lee

Writers:

Edwin Stanley (original idea) (as Eddie Stanley), George Brandt (original idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kenny Stevens Kenny Stevens ... Tom Bixby (as Kenneth Stevens)
Doris Weston ... Martha Stevens
Andrew Tombes ... J.J. Stevens
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In this short subject the employees of the Homey Foamy Washing Machine factory decide to put on a show. It is picked up by a Broadway producer. The show moves on to Broadway, and the factory suffers the loss of key employees. The owners try to get the workers to return to their old jobs. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Short | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Butch, Metalworker & Orchestra Leader: Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him well, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well, a fellow of infinite jest! of most excellent fancy.
Foreman Who Demonstrates Washing Machine: [blows whistle] Listen, dumbhead. You're doin' it wrong. Now, this is the way to do it: Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him well, a fellow of *infinite* jest, of most *excellent* fan-cy.
Butch, Metalworker & Orchestra Leader: Fan-cy? Fan-cy!
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The Play's the Thing
Written by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Performed by mixed chorus
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Silly but fun
19 November 2007 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Short about the employees of the Homey Foamy Washing Machine factory wanting to put on a show. The boss doesn't want it but they try to get a Broadway producer to support them. Mixed up in this is a romance between factory worker Tom (Kenny Stevens) and the boss' daughter Martha (Doris Weston).

The story is old, some of the acting is dreadful and it was made on next to no budget but this is still an enjoyable musical short from MGM. Stevens and Weston are young, good-looking and so full of life and energy that it's hard not to like them. And when Steven sings this is just great! The man had a beautiful voice and the songs, while corny, were enjoyable. No unsung masterpiece but a silly, short and fun little movie. I give it a 7.


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