A music quiz, plus a survey of various unusual musical instruments.

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Pete Smith ...
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A music quiz, plus a survey of various unusual musical instruments.

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Short | Game-Show | Music

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16 February 1952 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Wow...this is a pretty decent Pete Smith film
29 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

From the 1930s through the 1950s, Pete Smith narrated a long string of shorts for MGM. Because they made so many, they must have been popular--though I have never understood their appeal. I've seen quite a few and usually I find Smith's narration to be very heavy-handed and unfunny...and annoying. Because of this, I was very surprised when I saw "Musiquiz", as I enjoyed it quite a bit. Part of this might be because Smith didn't try so hard to be funny--he just let the material speak for itself. Most of it, however, is that the film just seemed pretty interesting. As for the quiz, it really wasn't a quiz--as the answers were pretty ridiculous, but between questions, the short introduced a lot of strange instruments and cool musical acts. By far my favorite was the blindfolded guy who played two different songs as the same time on the piano. And, the keyboard was covered AND he was wearing gloves! All in all, a very good short--and I guess from now on I'll have to think twice before I dismiss a Pete Smith film.


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