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How to Sleep (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 14 September 1935 (USA)
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A great opening for the Marx Brothers
24 September 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

The only thing tougher than having to follow the Marx Brothers is having to go on before them. How to Sleep was one of 3 short films that opened for A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races. For an 11 minute short, it is just long enough to keep the attention of an audience member from 1935 and 2005. Many of the short musicals and comedies that ran 20 - 30 minutes sometimes failed to hold its audiences attention before the main feature. How to Sleep is an original and interesting 'moc'umentary about how to fall asleep. A quick taste test before the real meal, How to Sleep is still funny to an audience 80 years later. Robert Benchley is great as a leading man who is funny be acting serious.


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