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The Codonas are a family of trapeze artists on their fourth generation in the business. Lalo Codona is the catcher, 'Alfredo Codona' and Vera Codona being those that fly through the air. The Codonas are seen performing and practicing under the watchful eye of their father, Edward Codona, once a trapeze artist himself. Trapeze is a skill that requires strength, agility and good timing. The Codonas possess all three. Alfredo's most crowd pleasing tricks include a double somersault while blindfolded, and a triple somersault, he being the only person alive that now masters the latter. Written by
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, at its fifth annual awards ceremony in 1932, inaugurated awards for Short Subjects in three categories: Cartoon, Comedy and Novelty. This movie was originally declared the winner in the Novelty category. When producer Mack Sennett found out that his short Wrestling Swordfish (1931) had lost the Novelty Oscar to this film by only three votes, he protested, because under the Academy's rules then in effect, a three-vote spread was considered a tie. The Academy Executive Secretary ordered a new vote by the entire membership, and Sennett's short was declared the winner. See more »
Individual members of the Codonas family are identified orally by the narrator. See more »
Oscar nominated short with Pete Smith narrating this look at The Flying Codonas, a fourth generation family of trapeze artists. The high wire acts are pretty exciting and the film moves along very well. According to the intro, this film originally won the Oscar by three votes but back then that would mean a tie. Another film's producer, Mack Sennett, demanded a recount and on that vote his film won.
The history of this film is very interesting to say the least.
If you're interested in seeing this then Turner Classic Movies shows it quite often.
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