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Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2) #6 (1938)

Documentary short film with three segments: HORSEPLAY, in which several Hollywood stars watch Arabian horses performing tricks; ON ICE, showing the action of an ice hockey game; and A FOOT IS SHOD about footwear.


Ira Genet (dialogue)


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Complete credited cast:
Alan Kent Alan Kent ... Himself - Commentator (voice)
Clem McCarthy Clem McCarthy ... Himself / Commentator (voice)
Dick Foran ... Himself
I. Miller I. Miller ... Himself / Commentator (voice)
Marie Wilson ... Herself
Ronald Reagan ... Himself
Kenny Baker ... Himself
Lana Turner ... Herself
Hannah Johns Hannah Johns ... Herself


Documentary short subject depicting three stories: "Horseplay," in which various Hollywood stars watch Arabian horses being put through trick paces; "On Ice," a depiction of the action of an ice hockey game, and "A Foot is Shod," about footwear. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Documentary | Short








Release Date:

5 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vitaphone Pictorial Revue #E See more »

Filming Locations:

Pomona, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:



Black and White | Color (Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sequence showing the manufacturing of women's shoes is in color. See more »


Clem McCarthy - Commentator: Ice hockey is action - every minute of it. Here's a face-off. Starting the play, watch that small, rubber disk, called a puck, and it's hard as a bullet.
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Crazy Credits

All credited cast is identified by the commentator by spoken name. See more »


References The Son of the Sheik (1926) See more »


My Pony Boy
Music by Charley O'Donnell
Played when the mare is walking on the beam
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Forgettable short subject about horses...
28 October 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Except for a glimpse of RONALD REAGAN, KENNY BAKER, DICK FORAN, MARIE Wilson and LANA TURNER, who were then the up and coming fresh young faces at Warner Bros., there's really very little reason to watch this short subject from 1937.

An uninspired narration is severely hurt by the bad sound recording of the TCM print recently shown. You can barely make out what the narrator is saying about scenes showing Reagan and Marie Wilson at the stables petting a couple of horses.

This opening scene at the racetrack is followed by an ice hockey game, again narrated in poor style so that it's unclear as to what we're supposed to be observing.

Then, the only good segment shows a horse performing tricks and this should have been the main subject of the short since the animal is put through a series of surprising tricks you'd never expect to see outside of a circus.

Then, to add insult to injury, we get a title that says, "A Foot to be Shod"--and The End flashes on the screen with that segment cut entirely from the print.

Not exactly a good short, to put it mildly.

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