This "complete show on one reel" starts with Super-Stupid Picture's "The Heel of a Nation", in which the narrator tells a humorous story while the audience sees scenes from a totally ...
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This "complete show on one reel" starts with Super-Stupid Picture's "The Heel of a Nation", in which the narrator tells a humorous story while the audience sees scenes from a totally unrelated, unidentified silent movie. Then comes a "Wotaphony" newsreel. The last segment is a spoof of James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalk series. We see a Pitts Fatrick Travel Squawk titled "A Visit to Schnozzle Isle." Schnozzle Isle is just off the coast of a Polynesian land which, when seen from the air, has a profile that looks remarkably (or perhaps not so remarkably) like 'Jimmy Durante'. Written by
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The third film in Pete Smith's series once again tries spoofing silent movies by showing clips to the movies with Smith's narration thrown in for laughs. We start off in typical fashion with Super-Stupid Picture's "The Heel of a Nation", which one might think is a spoof of the D.W. Griffith epic but it's not. It deals with a couple men fighting over a woman, which eventually leads them to a fight on a blimp where one man falls off. The "Wotaphony" newsreel follows by showing us a diver practicing with very few laughs. Finally, we get a "Travel Squawk" sequence which is spoofing James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalk series from MGM. The "host" here is presented as Pitts Fatrick and we visit the lovely isle of Schnozzle. These GOOFY MOVIES are always very hit and miss and I know many people hate them simply because of them making fun of silent movies. I love silents but I wouldn't mind the jokes if only they were funny and sadly this is yet another entry that doesn't contain any laughs. At ten-minutes the short feels way too long and the only decent thing happens when the film is finally over. Smith knows how to deliver lines and you can still feel that charm but the screenplay simply didn't give him any good material to work with.
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