This short starts out as a visit to a sound stage to see Pete Smith make one of his short films. When production delays occur, Smith visits other sound stages on the lot to see what else is being filmed. The audience gets to see a sleight-of-hand artist practicing his craft, a 3-year-old girl with a perfect sense of balance, and Lena Horne singing in a bathtub. Written by
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Nicely Balanced Short with Lena Horne in a Bathtub
A visit to Southern California prompts producer Pete Smith to take viewers behind the scenes on movie studio lots. First, we see the "busiest stage on the lot" where an episode of MGM's one-reel series "A Pete Smith Specialty" is in production. It's not very busy, however, as director Dave O'Brien and the crew are waiting for a stunt to be properly set-up. Stage 8 has an interesting bit; the camera is placed under Louis Zingone's slight-of-hand "shell game" so we can see how the pea always manages to sit under the shell you didn't pick. Next, we see a scene cut from "Cabin in the Sky" (1943). It shows sexy Lena Horne singing "Ain't It the Truth" taking a bubble bath. You see no naughty parts and Ms. Horne is more arousing in the uncut footage. Also featured is 3½ year old Helen Sue Goldy and her father Sid. The little girl balances while eating an apple. Finally, Mr. O'Brien ends another "Pete Smith Specialty" in style.
******** Studio Visit (5/11/46) Dave O'Brien ~ Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Lena Horne, Helen Sue Goldy
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