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Stop Look and Listen (1967)

| Short, Comedy
A man wearing suit, tie, black-framed glasses, and a hat, leaves his house in LA's San Fernando Valley and heads off in his car. Except his car is him, seated on the ground - he moves via ... See full summary »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Chuck Menville
Len Janson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Alleyn
Howard Deitrich
Milton Gray ...
(as Milt Grey)
Evelyn Hoeller
John Kimball
Bus Driver
Lea Richardson ...
Bus Passenger
Bill Webb


A man wearing suit, tie, black-framed glasses, and a hat, leaves his house in LA's San Fernando Valley and heads off in his car. Except his car is him, seated on the ground - he moves via stop motion. He's careful and methodical, but when a cigar-chomping hotshot cuts him off, he engages in a bit of passive aggressive driving. We watch one of the drivers get gas, receive a citation from a cop, and deal with a flat tire. The two rival drivers are eventually in quite a race, which ends when one hurls off the road. At the end, a woman in gold slippers puts a tip in the driver's hat. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the man in the suit first backed out of the driveway and stalled in the gutter, he left a wet trail when he sneezed-backfired into the middle of the road. When he pulled away, the camera cut to a side angle and the wet trail was missing. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the title is shown, there is a roll-up where the producers thank a long list of auto safety organizations, ending with, "...without whose contribution this film was made." One of the organizations listed is "United Tailgaters". See more »


Hurry Music (for struggles)
(1913) (uncredited)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Played when the hot rodder is chasing the man through tunnels, phone booths, doorways, etc.
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Very creative but very hard to rate
16 February 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Most of the time I review films or shorts on IMDb I have a pretty easy time coming up with a rating. This film, though, is so bizarre and unusual that I am at a loss for how to exactly rate it. I know I liked it, but I'm not even sure why! The film is an odd stop-motion film about safe driving versus overly aggressive driving. I wonder if maybe it was intended for teens and drivers education classes--all I know is that I saw it on Turner Classic Movies in between features. The film begins with a man from the late 60s leaving him home in his car. But, when he pulls out of the garage, instead of a car he's sitting on the ground like he's driving an invisible car! And using stop-motion tricks, he moves up and down the road as if he's really driving. Now this cute trick might have gotten old very quickly had it not been for some imaginative writing. By introducing a speed demon in his own invisible car, a cute "tortoise and the hare" style story unfolds. Most of the time, the super-aggressive guy gets in trouble and the "nice" normal driver (at least normal for THIS film) is rewarded for his patience. Despite my description, it really isn't preachy and is a cute short film well worth seeing just for its novelty and ability to keep your attention with absolutely no dialog.

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