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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Robert Benchley's How to Sleep was a great surprise of a short subject for me
22 January 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

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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