Stay Awake Or Else... Story Detail
On the circus grounds, the ringmaster searches for circus roustabout Tom, who at the same time is being driven by milk truck from an all-night party which has left him exhausted. The ringmaster catches Tom asleep and shouts for him to wake up, sending him bouncing off the roof of the circus tent! The ringmaster promises Tom he will lose his job should he fall asleep on the job. So, it's up to co-roustabout Jerry to wake him up. When applying loud alarmclock headsets to his ears, filling him up with piping hot coffee until it comes out of his ears, and jacking him up and tickling him with his partystreamer all bomb out, Jerry decides the best he can do is make his sleepy pal seem awake with a pair of eyeglasses painted white. First Jer ties strings to Tom's arms and legs and manipulates him in the manner of a marionette, making him appear to dust the carny wagons. When the ringmaster arrives and orders him to sweep the ring, Jerry puts him on roller skates with a broom in his paws and pushes him to the center ring to help him do his job... and loses control of him! The somnolent Tom unwittingly goes on to delight the crowd and the ringmaster with his stunts. The show is an instant success, and the ringmaster then presents Tom (still asleep!) with a contract stipulating he repeat his "act" every night, and he "signs" it... courtesy of Jerry, who manipulates his paw with a pen tied to his finger!
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