In this Pete Smith Specialty, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton demonstrates stroboscopic photography, which he helped develop. This process allows us to see in slow motion what happens during events ... See full summary »
Harold E. Edgerton,
A nation preparing for war must match people with jobs they can do well. This film shows how a Ph.D., a chimp, and three dogs help design aptitude tests for men applying for work. The tests... See full summary »
The story of Donald Campbell, son of the late Sir Malcolm Campbell, British champion auto-racer, and his efforts to survive driving a jet-powered boat at record speeds on Lake Meade, Nevada... See full summary »
Boogie-woogie band-leader Ted Barry is outside the pearly gates. Because of Ted's musical background, the gatekeeper points him in the direction of the Hall of Music section, where he is ... See full summary »
This MGM short, which stars an all-dog cast, is about Trixie and Fido and their evil boss. They all work at the Dogville Department Store but the boss has his eye on Trixie and so frames ... See full summary »
George and Gracie enter an elegant drawing room, looking everywhere for something. Turns out, they're looking for the audience, and when George spots the camera, they start in on their ... See full summary »
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
Robert Benchley's How to Sleep was a great surprise of a short subject for me
Just watched this comedy short on the A Night at the Opera DVD. It has Robert Benchley narrating and acting the many ways one tries to sleep or what to do if you can't. There's also some animation here to aid in some of the humor like showing a brain or sheep one tries counting as they jump over the fence. I found the whole very funny and it was a nice surprise this won the Oscar for Best Short Film. Another bit I liked was when Benchley the narrator was being talked back by Benchley the actor! Really, it's not very easy to describe what happens here and I really don't want to as it would ruin the surprise of it all! So on that note, I highly recommend How to Sleep.
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