Monday, October 16, 2006
How to Keep a Job (1949)
This fabulous Coronet gem has a terrific story, great scripting, and pretty darn good acting to boot. Golly gee! What the heck were they thinking???!! And get this: they even incorporated the use of “split screen” to depict twins! Special effects? Coronet?! What the….
Ed gets fired and has to look for another job. He goes to a thoroughly unbelievable job interview with a guy who is determined to educate him out of his shortcomings, even though he's just met him. He tells him a contrived story about Bob (Gallant) and his twin brother Walter (Goofus), and how one is a slacker and the other is a booster. Ed sees his own slacking ways described and becomes a booster all the way, so he gets a great job in the mail room. This film is Coronet through and through. An absolute must-see!
Note: The following clip was taken directly from the original 16mm print and has been edited to under half the film's original length.