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Believe It or Else (1939)

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In this spoof of the newsreel series, we meet a man who drinks large amounts of milk, a snake charmer, a man building a ship in a bottle, the world's loudest hog caller, a man who hasn't ... See full summary »

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Dolphus Hambone / Buck Dodgers / Major Bowes Unit #73 Man / Egyptian Native / Wishing Well / Mr. Chopofsky / Nathaniel Nevermiss / Male Ant (voice) (uncredited)
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In this spoof of the newsreel series, we meet a man who drinks large amounts of milk, a snake charmer, a man building a ship in a bottle, the world's loudest hog caller, a man who hasn't left his room for years, a human basketball, an optical illusion, a new giant telescope showing life on Mars and none on the moon, a wishing well in Egypt, the world's fastest woodcutter, the country's most accurate knife thrower, the sounds made by ants, and a man who saws people in half. Egghead keeps saying he doesn't believe it. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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This was Egghead's last appearance; he was converted into Elmer Fudd, a name that had been written on his satchel in an earlier short. See more »

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Buck Dodgers: [while in an effeminate pose] Hello folks don't miss me in next Sunday's funny papers, boy It's a killer thriller
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Spoofs Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1934) See more »

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You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
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Takeoff on the "Ripley's Believe It or Not"
5 November 2002 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

Tex Avery loved to do spoofs of things and this one was a spoof of Robert Ripley's column/program, "Believe It or Not", where he detailed odd or unusual events, items and the like for his readers' edification. This is Avery doing the same, but Avery's way. The running gag (Avery almost always used one in his shorts) consists of Egghead (Elmer Fudd in the larval stage) periodically showing up to scoff at various claims, saying, "I don't believe it!" The ending is probably the best gag, the rest being either mildly amusing or falling a bit flat, with one or two not working in the slightest. Egghead basically makes this one worth watching. Decent idea, with some funny gags, but the parts are definitely greater than the sum. Average Avery, which means that it's equal to quite a few other directors' better work, but a simple finger exercise for the maestro, Still worth watching. Recommended.


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