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Happily Buried (1939)

Approved | | Musical, Romance, Short | 14 April 1939 (USA)
For some unknown reason, the sale of waffle irons has plummeted, equally and negatively affecting family owned and operated Four Square and Magic Circle, two of the leading waffle iron ... See full summary »


Felix E. Feist


Jack Woodford (original story), Felix E. Feist (original story) | 4 more credits »


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Rita Oehmen ... Evelyn Foster (as Rita Oehman)
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For some unknown reason, the sale of waffle irons has plummeted, equally and negatively affecting family owned and operated Four Square and Magic Circle, two of the leading waffle iron companies. What could be both companies' saving grace is that their respective presidents, Richard Wright and Evelyn Foster, are in love with each other, with their personal merger in terms of a marriage resulting in a planned business merger of the two companies. What neither anticipates is what ends up being a sticking point in the business merger which could be a deal breaker for their marriage happening: he is not willing to give up the square design and she is not willing to give up the circular design, each which is synonymous with their particular brand for generations, for the merged companies' combination waffle iron. What happens in both their professional and personal mergers is affected by he unexpectedly assuming "ownership" of a Hindu magi, Prince Chris Manusha, who has special powers. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

14 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happily Buried See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A little used variation of the spelling of the word drought is seen in the body of the newspaper article shown at the beginning of the story. Drouth is now considered archaic, but it is still proper. See more »


Prince Chris Manusha: It is inscribed in the sacred scrolls of Uhura, Master, that he who imbibes in milk from the coconut of kindness must butter his bread with the margarine of reciprocity.
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I'd Rather Have You
Written by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Performed by John Hubbard
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Swami Shaped Waffles
3 July 2009 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

With the end of short subject production at the Roach studios in 1936, MGM expanded its production of comedy shorts. Unhappily, MGM rarely turned out top comedies, and this short subject is a fairly typical exemplar of the problem: it is overwritten with a plot about two waffle iron heirs breaking up their impending marriage over the shape of waffles. Add in a glum Benny Rubin as an Indian yogi, a couple of pointless songs, director Felix Feist who never seemed to add anything to the mix and two leads with no particular comedy ability and you have this piece. The whole thing is topped off with a dance number that is performed on a giant waffle iron. Like so many of the overproduced MGM comedy shorts, the effect is bizarre, rather than funny.

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