This Pete Smith Specialty tries to find the answers to some questions that have plagued mankind: Are women drivers worse than men?; How much money does the average gumball machine collect ... See full summary »
This short propaganda film, produced at the end of World War II, warns that although Adolf Hitler is dead, his ideas of racial hatred, violence and conquest live on in the German people, and in like-minded people in the United States.
With the defeat of Germany that ends World War II in Europe, the Allies discover the true horror of more than six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis - and the fact that one of the ... See full summary »
A photo studio operator seems only interested in flirting with women. After slapping at his advance, a women phones her husband to come kill him. Unsure what to do, Harold randomly enters the studio and is offered to 'manage' the store.
In this theatrical short, a man dressed as a chef demonstrates a 12-piece kitchen cutlery set that is to be given to each lady patron of the theater, one piece each week. The set includes several innovative slicers and kitchen gadgets.
Narrator Pete Smith gives us 15 seconds to answer a series of multiple-choice questions that are interspersed with news footage of the U.S. Armed Forces in action: what is a bubble dancer; in tank slang, what's a galvanized Guernsey; in what year was the tank invented; when was the parachute invented; when was the airplane conceived; when was the submarine conceived; who invented all four of these; what's a honey barge; why are Marines called leathernecks; and, what's the translation of "E Pluribus Unum"? There's humor in some of the choices, some of the answers, and some of the footage.Written by
The narrator states that the model for the Mona Lisa was one of painter Leonardo da Vinci's girlfriends. The model was in fact Lisa del Giocondo, the wife of one of Leonardo's patrons. Historians believe Leonardo was gay so it's unlikely he had any girlfriends. See more »
Pete Smith short gives the viewer ten or fifteen seconds to come up with the answer to whatever question he has asked. Being from the WW2 era, most of the question are centered around the war but with Smith he throws in a few tricks. Judging a film like this is rather tricky because on one hand it gets tiresome watching something that pauses for fifteen seconds but on the other hand I can imagine this being quite fun back in the day when viewed with a room full of people with everyone shouting out their answers. Today the film isn't pure entertainment but an interesting look back at history.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this