Benchley, a newspaper columnist who writes on issues of etiquette, receives a telephone call from two men working deep in a manhole, they who are arguing about what to do if a woman fell ... See full summary »
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A dance of shapes. A title card tells us this is an experiment in conveying the mental images of music in a visual form. Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" is the music. The shapes, all ... See full summary »
This short film provides a brief introduction to Bob Wills and the rise in popularity of his western swing music. Wills and His Texas Playboys perform a handful of songs in various set pieces, including their big hit "San Antonio Rose."
Betty's father has an invention that looks like a fancy camera; it emits an ultra-lavender ray that temporarily rids the ray's target of inhibitions. To test it, Betty's father zaps Charley... See full summary »
At the psychoanalytic clinic, the doctor is interviewing a patient whose presenting problem is a fear of falling off of low objects. The rather baffled doctor asks the patient to fill in a questionnaire. Then another patient arrives for a first appointment, a Mr. Ostegraf. He is the doctor's spitting image. Both doctor and patient, though they try not to show it, are unnerved. Soon, more than information is exchanged.Written by
Decent short has Robert Benchley playing a psychoanalyst who gets his toughest case when a look-alike named Mr. Ostegraft (also played by Benchley) comes in with a problem. These Benchley shorts have always been hit and miss with me and I'm not going to lie because the majority of them were misses. This one here certainly isn't the best but at the same time it's far from the worst. I actually thought the first few minutes of the film were entertaining as Benchley is trying to find the cure for another troubled man and the man's "problem" is that he's scared to fall off small heights. The second portion is when the trick shots come as we get both characters being played by Benchley. These early split screens were fairly well done but the print shown on TCM makes it obvious where the editing is taken place because the Mr. Ostegraf portion of the frame is a tad bit darker than the other side of the frame. These trick shots kept me interesting in the technical side of the film but it really didn't make me laugh or keep me that entertained in the "story" being told. The film ends on a cute twist though.
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