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 <>

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Comedy | Short






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17 February 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Included as a bonus on the Warner DVD of My Favorite Wife (1940). See more »


Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.12 (1955) See more »

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Not America's Funniest Home Movies
25 December 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

We catch befuddled Robert Benchley fiddling with some film. Obviously unprepared, he announces plans to share information on "the art of making motion pictures in your own home." Of course, we know this as home movies. Then, Mr. Benchley recollects showing his "Home Movies" from a summer family trip, to a group of uninterested adults. There are problems with focus, camera-work, and other typical amateurish mishaps. Benchley tries to blame them on faulty manufacturing. He is more amused than either of his audiences. It ends with a warning to observe the "No Smoking" sign.

*** Home Movies (2/17/40) Basil Wrangell ~ Robert Benchley, Marie Blake, Hobart Cavanaugh, John Butler

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