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Mannequin on the Move

It took four writers to struggle with another idea of why a mannequin would come to life in a department store and what would happen if she did. Their solution: the dummy (Kristy Swanson) is actually a Bavarian peasant girl hexed 1,000 years ago to prevent her marriage to the prince.

It took four writers to struggle with another idea of why a mannequin would come to life in a department store and what would happen if she did. Their solution: the dummy (Kristy Swanson) is actually a Bavarian peasant girl hexed 1,000 years ago to prevent her marriage to the prince.

As part of a promotion, the legendary statue is displayed at a Philadelphia store under the care of William Ragsdale, who’s the spitting image of the prince, and jealous eye of count Terry Kiser, a spit-on descendant of the sorcerer who bewitched her. The hex is in the necklace and when Ragsdale accidentally removes it, he suddenly has a date for the night with a wide-eyed blonde in a micro-miniskirt who still loves him after all this time. Since this is her first date in a thousand years, Ragsdale doesn’t rush things.

The only real movement is offered by Meshach Taylor, a prancing decorator who returns from the original Mannequin for more stereotyped fun.

Mannequin on the Move

  • Production: Gladden. Director Stewart Raffill; Producer Edward Rugoff; Screenplay Edward Rugoff, David Isaacs, Ken Levine, Betsy Israel; Camera Larry Pizer; Editor John Rosenberg, Joan Chapman; Music David McHugh; Art Director William J. Creber
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 95 MIN.
  • With: Kristy Swanson William Ragsdale Terry Kiser Stuart Pankin Cynthia Harris Meshach Taylor
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