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1. Hollywood Scout (1945)

8 min | Short

6.0
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One of Pete Smith's assistants auditions animal acts for his short subjects.

Stars: Pete Smith, William H. O'Brien, Paul Sydell, Celia Travers

Votes: 96

2. Audioscopiks (1935)

Approved | 8 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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After the audience is instructed how to use the 3-D glasses they received, demonstrations of three-dimensional films are presented. Various objects move towards the camera, including a ... See full summary »

Directors: Jacob Leventhal, John Norling | Star: Pete Smith

Votes: 145

3. Movie Pests (1944)

Approved | 11 min | Comedy, Short

6.6
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A humorous look at the inconsiderate pests whose annoying habits make enjoying a movie impossible.

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Pete Smith, William Bailey, Margaret Bert, Heinie Conklin

Votes: 180

4. Seeing Hands (1943)

Passed | 11 min | Short, War, Drama

7.0
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This serious entry in Pete Smith Specialty series encourages industry to hire people with disabilities to help with the war effort. As a boy, Ben Helwig was blinded in an accident while ... See full summary »

Director: Gunther von Fritsch | Stars: Barbara Bedford, William Bishop, Robert Frazer, Russell Gleason

Votes: 130

5. Fisticuffs (1938)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Sport

5.5
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This Pete Smith Specialty showcases former heavyweight boxing champion Max Baer with various sparring partners in the ring. Slow motion is used to illustrate how Baer uses his skills.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Pete Smith, Max Baer, Ancil Hoffman, Hank Hankinson

Votes: 41

6. Killer-Dog (1936)

Approved | 10 min | Drama, Short

6.2
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A dog accused of murdering sheep is brought to trial.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Pete Smith, Margaret Bert, Ralph Byrd, Paul Kruger

Votes: 122

7. Strikes and Spares (1934)

Passed | 9 min | Short, Sport

6.4
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This short features professional bowler Andy Varipapa. He first shows the correct way to grip a bowling ball and the proper form for delivering the ball down the alley. He then performs several trick shots.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Pete Smith, Andy Varipapa, Buster Brodie, Ray Turner

Votes: 183

8. Romance of Radium (1937)

Approved | 10 min | Documentary, Short, History

6.2
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This Oscar-nominated short film tells the story of the discovery of radium and how it is used in medicine.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Pete Smith, Margaret Bert, André Cheron, James Conaty

Votes: 174

9. Anaesthesia (1938)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Drama, History

6.6
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An examination of the history of anesthesia, from ancient Egyptian times to contemporary times.

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Pete Smith, George Du Count, Eddie Gribbon, Danny Jackson

Votes: 37

10. Quicker'n a Wink (1940)

Approved | 10 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

7.1
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In this Pete Smith Specialty, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton demonstrates stroboscopic photography, which he helped develop. This process allows us to see in slow motion what happens during events ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Harold E. Edgerton, Clarence Curtis, Tex Harris, Charles Lacey

Votes: 280

11. Let's Talk Turkey (1939)

Passed | 10 min | Comedy, Short

5.9
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It's Thanksgiving. Newlywed husband Abner Poodlebean faces the turkey his wife has prepared: she wants him to carve it at the table in front of her scowling family, and Abner has no idea ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Max O. Cullen, Tommy Bond, George Guhl, William Newell

Votes: 85

12. Marines in the Making (1942)

Approved | 9 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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This World War II-era short shows U.S. Marine Corps training, including conditioning techniques adapted from athletics, hand-to-hand combat tactics, and traditional drills.

Director: Herbert Polesie | Stars: R.E. 'Dick' Hanley, Charles Horvath, Stephen McNally, Pete Smith

Votes: 143

13. I Love My Husband, But! (1946)

10 min | Comedy, Short

6.6
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A wife explains the habits her husband has that drive her crazy.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Lila Leeds, Dorothy Short

Votes: 81

14. Penny Wisdom (1937)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short

6.1
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A "Pete Smith Specialty" on cookery.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Prudence Penny, Harold Minjir, Gertrude Short, Pete Smith

Votes: 228

15. Crashing the Movies (1950)

Approved | 8 min | Comedy, Short

6.3
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A short compilation of newsreel clips featuring people performing strange stunts with humorous narration added by Pete Smith.

Stars: Pete Smith, Frank Richards

Votes: 90

16. Army Champions (1941)

Approved | 11 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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This MGM short, part of the A Pete Smith Specialty series, focuses on the young men who have signed up to serve their country. Speed, teamwork and accuracy are the hallmark of all army ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Vogel | Star: Pete Smith

Votes: 83

17. Studio Visit (1946)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.0
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A humorous look round various studios on a film lot. One of the " Pete Smith Specialties", produced and narrated " by a Smith named Pete."

Stars: Pete Smith, William Bailey, Muriel Evans, Helen Sue Goldy

Votes: 128

18. The Fall Guy (1955)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short

6.1
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This is the final entry in the Pete Smith Specialty series. Smith pays tribute to stunt man Dave O'Brien, who took many falls and spills (and upon whom objects fell) when he played hapless ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 59

19. Candid Cameramaniacs (1937)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Comedy

6.0
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This MGM short film, part of the A Pete Smith Specialty series, takes a humorous looks at photography. Starting with Louis Daguerre's first photo, which terrified his maid, to wedding ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Yates | Stars: Bobby Caldwell, Lester Dorr, Tom Herbert, Leonid Kinskey

Votes: 57

20. Radio Hams (1939)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Drama

6.5
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A "Pete Smith Specialty" - a fairly serious look at radio hams in the usual jokey format. Shows aircraft using morse code.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Barbara Bedford, Eleanor Counts, Jack Daley, Robert Homans

Votes: 82

21. Culinary Carving (1939)

10 min | Short

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Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Max O. Cullen, Sally Payne, Pete Smith, Phillip Terry

22. Wrong Way Butch (1950)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Comedy

6.2
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Ingenious humankind has built numerous safeguards into tools and machinery used in modern industry, big and small, but those devices cannot protect one from one's own carelessness, as ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 104

23. Groovie Movie (1944)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Music

7.3
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A boogie-woogie piano introduces what purports to be a jitterbug lesson, starring prize winner Arthur Walsh, his partner, and then later various other couples. We start with steps imported ... See full summary »

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Pete Smith, Buster Brodie, Jeanne Phelps-Veloz, Charles Saggau

Votes: 94

24. Keep It Clean (1952)

Short, Comedy

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Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Benny Rubin

25. First Aid (1943)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.0
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This Pete Smith Specialty is a semihumorous look at basic first aid techniques for mishaps that often occur around the house. It was produced in cooperation with the Beverly Hills First Aid... See full summary »

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Eileen Percy, Kenneth Brown, Sally Eilers, Leila Hyams

Votes: 38

26. Wanted -- A Master (1936)

Approved | 10 min | Short

7.0
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A dog living in a junk yard finds out that all stray dogs will be exterminated by 3 o' clock that afternoon, so sets off to find a master before the deadline.

Directors: Arthur J. Ornitz, Gunther von Fritsch | Stars: Pete Smith, Horace B. Carpenter, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 98

27. Football Thrills of 1940 (1941)

Short, Sport

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Star: Pete Smith

28. Dogs 'n Ducks (1953)

Passed | 10 min | Short, Comedy

5.9
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A boy trains his new golden retriever for duck retrieving competition, much to the chagrin of his first dog, a lovable but untrained mutt.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Norman Wright | Stars: Pete Smith, Wesley Morgan

Votes: 47

29. Sure Cures (1946)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Comedy

5.5
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Documentary showing different "home remedies" for various ills.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 131

30. Dexterity (1937)

Approved | 9 min | Documentary, Short

7.0
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Beautiful women allow men to crack whips and throw horseshoes at their heads.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Charles Carrer, Harry Jackson, Mary Jackson, Vyrl Jackson

Votes: 40

31. Diamond Demon (1947)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Sport

7.2
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The remarkable talents of baseball pitcher and trick artist Johnny Price are showcased including throwing two balls at once to two catchers, pitching blindfolded, throwing and hitting hanging upside down, and fielding fungoes in a jeep.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Johnny Price

Votes: 85

32. Penny's Party (1938)

Documentary, Short

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Director: David Miller | Stars: Gwen Lee, Prudence Penny, Pete Smith

33. How to Hold Your Husband - BACK (1941)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short

6.0
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In reenactments using actors to portray her husband, Marie Crawford demonstrates the many emotional states wives display to hold their husbands - unintentionally back - under different ... See full summary »

Director: Johnny Hines | Stars: Pete Smith, William Bailey, Vince Barnett, Ken Christy

Votes: 63

34. Football Thrills No. 12 (1949)

Short, Sport

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Star: Pete Smith

35. A Wife's Life (1950)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Comedy

5.9
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As she starts dinner after a trying day, Mrs. George T. Hardnose calls her husband to say she wants to go to a movie that night; he says, nothing doing, he's tired, he's worked hard, and ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dorothy Short, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 48

36. Sports Quiz (1944)

Short, Sport

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Follow-up to the 'What's Your IQ' sub-series of Pete Smith Specialties, this spotlights athletic techniques shown by pros.

Stars: Alf Engel, Carl Hubbell, Lawson Little, Fred Perry

37. You Can't Win (1948)

Approved | 8 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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A series of mishaps happening to a homeowner, while he take a relaxing day off from the office. The trouble is about to begin when he starts to rest at home.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 126

38. The Domineering Male (1940)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short

6.5
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This Pete Smith Specialty looks at the notion that a man chases a woman till he catches her. Who's really chasing whom?

Director: Johnny Hines | Stars: Barbara Bedford, Margaret Bert, William Newell, Sally Payne

Votes: 59

39. Neighbor Pests (1947)

Approved | Short, Comedy

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Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

40. It's a Dog's Life (1942)

10 min | Documentary, Short

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A dog's life depends on his master.

Director: Robert Wohlmuth | Star: Pete Smith

41. The Mosconi Story (1953)

10 min | Short, Biography

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Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Willie Mosconi, Pete Smith

42. Victory Quiz (1942)

9 min | Short

6.2
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A quiz where viewers are given 10 or 15 seconds to answer questions about the United States and its involvement in World War II.

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Pete Smith, William Bailey, Alan Hale Jr., Dave O'Brien

Votes: 77

43. Poetry of Nature (1939)

Approved | 8 min | Short

5.4
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Pete Smith takes a humorous look at the wildlife that lives among the California redwoods.

Director: Mervyn Freeman | Star: Pete Smith

Votes: 52

44. Wild Horses (1943)

Documentary, Short

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The life of a family of feral horses, once abandoned by prospectors.

Star: Pete Smith

45. Social Sea Lions (1940)

9 min | Short, Comedy

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A "Pete Smith Specialty". Three sea lions gatecrash the kitchen of a beach house, steal some goodies, then go on to cause chaos at the party.

Director: Johnny Hines | Stars: Pete Smith, Dudley Dickerson, Esther Howard, Forbes Murray

46. Gettin' Glamour (1946)

Approved | 8 min | Short, Comedy

5.4
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Profiles the troubles of the average woman and her makeup.

Director: Philip W. Anderson | Stars: Pete Smith, Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian, Gertrude Short

Votes: 36

47. Safety Sleuth (1944)

Approved | Short, Comedy

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Demonstrates how accidents happen when proper safety devices are neglected.

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

48. Sweet Memories (1952)

9 min | Short, Comedy

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Comic look at the old photo album.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Dave O'Brien, Dorothy Short, Pete Smith

49. Football Thrills of 1939 (1940)

Short, Sport

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Star: Pete Smith

50. Marine Circus (1939)

Approved | 9 min | Documentary, Short

6.1
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This Pete Smith Specialty offers a look at Marineland of Florida, featuring the various marine life on display there.

Director: James A. FitzPatrick | Star: Pete Smith

Votes: 26



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