This 30 minute episode gets started right after a musical number, Fred is introduced and his skit about shopping at the Mammoth Department Store begins. Fred has to deal with a marketing consultant who tries to improve efficiency. After a song, Fred checks in with his floorwalker to see how the efficiency measures are working out.
Fred has to deal with a few customer situations, and helps with picking out the perfect Christmas gifts for Portland’s relatives. After another musical interlude, Fred checks to see how things are going in the Honeymoon department of the store, and interviews a couple who are planning a marriage.
Quite the busy store manager, Fred then moves on to hold a meeting with his employees, and a motivational speaker who has some trouble delivering his speech. Back in the store, a crisis breaks out. Santa has a breakdown and is afraid of kids. With one final musical number, and final commercial, Fred closes the show.
Roy Atwell, popular comedian of the day, is the bumbling motivational speaker. He was a regular on the show in these early years.
Duke Ellington and the Harlem Hot Chocolates. 1930. Sing You Sinners.
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