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Strikes and Spares (1934)

Passed | | Short, Sport | 20 October 1934 (USA)
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.



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Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ...
Explanitory Remarks by (voice)
Andy Varipapa ...
Himself - World's Greatest Bowling Fixture


This "oddity" narrated by Pete Smith begins at a bowling alley with two excellent bowlers, a man and a woman, making strikes and picking up spares as Smith narrates with tongue in cheek. Then, Andy Varipapa, a record-holding professional from Brooklyn, demonstrates the proper grip, the proper use of feet, and the proper swings for a straight-ahead and a curving delivery. In regular and slow motion, Varipapa then does a series of trick shots. Interspersed are the hapless attempts of a small man new to the sport and the comic (and racially stereotyped) enthusiasm of Sunshine, the pin setter. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Included in Warner Home Video's October 2006 DVD release of Treasure Island (1934). This DVD was included in Warner's multi-film "Motion Picture Masterpieces Collection" released simultaneously. See more »


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Bowler Andy Varipapa is identified by the narrator. See more »

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Good short
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Strikes and Spares (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Oscar nominated short from MGM has Pete Smith showing us (at the time) the greatest bowler in the country and various trick shots. We also see a bowling newbie and all the mistakes he makes. If you're a fan of bowling then you'll probably get a kick out of this film, which contains several hard laughs and some great trick shots.

Warner has released this short on DVD and you can also finding it playing on Turner Classic Movies quite often. They do a very good job at showing the Pete Smith shorts.

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