Service With a Smile (1934)

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Leon Errol is the star of this early three-strip Technicolor two-reeler from Warner Bros. The story is as wacky as any short from the era -- Walter Webb (Errol) owns a run-down service station...until he gets a middle-of-the-night call informing him it has burned to the ground. Luckily, the business has been insured, so Webb visits the claims adjuster the next day and describes what he has lost. Somehow, in Webb's explanation, the place changes from merely a dusty old shack to "Walter Webb's Gassery," which employs dozens upon dozens of beautiful dancers wearing white slacks and purple satin shirts. They can do repairs as well as they can hoof it, and there's a golf course, with more dancers, located next to the Gassery. (Clearly, Warner Bros. did all they could to make vibrant use of the Technicolor process!) The adjuster insists on going over to the Gassery's former location and when he and Webb get there, the station is still standing, undamaged and as shabby as ever. Standing out front and laughing are a couple of Webb's pals, informing him it's April Fool's Day. Silly stuff, but an amazingly good-looking production, especially for a two-reel short.