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'What's Your 'I.Q.'?': Number Two (1940)

Approved | | Short | 8 August 1940 (USA)
Questions and answers on various subjects, from Lady Godiva to the Panama Canal.


George Sidney


Buddy Adler (as E. Maurice Adler)


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Pete Smith ... Himself - Narrator (voice)


The off screen narrator asks a series of multiple choice trivia questions to test the viewers' knowledge of general and sometimes obscure facts. This test is scored out of 100 points, 10 apiece for the first seven questions, and 30 points for the more difficult eighth question. The viewer is given 10 or 15 seconds to answer each question depending on the complexity of the question. The 10 point questions are on the subjects of the Panama Canal, inhabitants of the south pole, U.S. collegiate football, clothing with a proper name as their common name, the location of a specific set of islands, and the name of an item and its proper pronunciation. The 30 point question asks of Lady Godiva and others like her. In the demonstration of this question, the narrator shows that there are always exceptions to the rule. Written by Huggo

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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How intelligent are we?
2 August 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

George Sidney's MGM one-reeler is a quick way to check how much one knows about different things. Just bear in mind most of the questions are of the tricky kind. In retrospect, thinking about them after the short film was over, they made perfect sense.

It goes to show how our minds work sometimes. We are thinking in one direction, but perhaps we are not really paying attention because when the explanation to the question is illustrated, we realize the answers were right there. Perhaps we responded much too quickly, not even knowing we are not giving the question the attention we should have.

The film points out about how humans rush to give a definite answer as fast as they can, instead of savoring the question and getting to the right conclusion concentration on what was asked of us.

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