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How to Vote (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 5 September 1936 (USA)

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A candidate has laryngitis, so his assistant must make a speech in his place. Both the speaker and his audience are soon befuddled.




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Mr. Robert Benchley


With a portrait of George Washington looking on, the 8th Assembly District's selection committee is meeting. The committee chair calls upon Mr. Robert Benchley, who represents a candidate named Mirney. Benchley gives a speech full of non sequiturs, clichés, and bromides. The audience gets restless, some leave. Benchley pulls out a chart, showing a potential dam his own candidate opposes. He takes us through the details of the plan, some of which are absurd. He concludes, lamely, in mid-sentence; then he leaves, forgetting his shoes. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short






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5 September 1936 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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2 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

How to Vote (1936)

* (out of 4)

A political candidate comes down with laryngitis so he can't talk about the city's water dam so he sends Robert Benchley to do it instead and of course things don't go as planned. I've seen quite a few of these Benchley shorts over the years thanks to Turner Classic Movies and I think this one here has to be the very worst of the group. There wasn't a single scene here that made me laugh and in fact the entire film made me appear stoneface just like Buster Keaton. The attempts at humor deal with Benchley not knowing what he's talking about and not knowing how to do anything else.

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