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How to Sleep (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  14 September 1935 (USA)
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A humorous look at the problems people have trying to sleep.


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A lecturer seated at a desk promises an informative film about how to sleep; it's a sequel to and inspired by "How to stay awake," which put his audience to sleep. He plans to examine the causes of sleep, the causes of insomnia, and recent research on sleep, including a time-lapse film of a man changing positions 55 times during an 8-hour rest: why exercise, he asks, when you can sleep like a top? The film instructs one on how to get a drink of water during the night without waking completely, and other useful skills for the insomniac. Written by <>

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Featured as an extra on the DVD of the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera (1935). See more »


Referenced in How to Start the Day (1937) See more »

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Still funny
12 December 2006 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'How to Sleep' is the Oscar-winning short comedy for the year 1935. It is a mockumentary, one of the earliest I have seen myself, on how to fall asleep. The narrator speaks about a man who has trouble falling asleep and we get to see the man and his actions. From time to time the narrator puts in a joke with references to alcoholics and the fictional names for events on the screen including sleeping positions.

It is amazing how funny this short film still is. Apparently in cinemas it was shown before Marx Brothers-films and it may not be a coincidence that their films still work today as well. It is not too long, keeps our attention quite easily and gives us many smiles and some good laughs. If you have the chance to see it then do so.

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