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Home Movies (1940)

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Blunderer Robert Benchley is going to show some house guests the film he and his wife took on a vacation trip. He sets up the projector and the reel begins...and nothing good happens for Benchley from this point.

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A tongue-in-cheek look at the making and showing of home movies. An everyman sits with editing equipment amidst piles of loose film. He explains to us the ease and fun of putting home movies together. In a flashback, he takes us to a recent dinner party at his home where he narrated a showing of footage from a family trip to a lake. Parts are dull or out of focus, scenes run backwards, principles (such as a child) are obscured, heads are cropped by the top of the frame, and he and his wife differ over details. Will anyone be left when the show ends? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 February 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Included as a bonus on the Warner DVD of My Favorite Wife (1940). See more »

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Another Fair Benchley Short
21 December 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Home Movies (1940)

** (out of 4)

Robert Benchley short has him sitting at his desk where he begins to tell the audience the best way they should make home movies to keep their friends entertained. When then flash to a party he's throwing where he decides to show off his recent vacation but of course everything he filmed turned out wrong. If you're familiar with Benchley's work then you're going to know what to expect. The more films I see from him the more I'm starting to think that he's simply not for me. I'm sure he has many fans out there but I'm starting to lose faith because of seeing one bland film after another. This one here is certainly far from his worse and I actually laughed a couple times but in the end there just wasn't enough to keep me entertained. The humor is pretty much what you'd expect as the "movies" he's showing are out of focus, have heads cut off, have no pictures and feature various other issues that make for a bad movie. There aren't any surprises or interesting aspects to the film so this here is clearly for Benchley fans only.


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