This MGM short film focuses on cinematographer John M. Stephens and is a promotional piece for the forthcoming 'Ice Station Zebra (1968)'. Responsible for much of the underwater and other ... See full summary »
Narrated by Ronald Reagan, this Warner Brothers short in support of the war effort focuses on the exploits of Army Air Corps Captain Hewett T. Wheless and his exploits just after the U.S. ... See full summary »
Hewitt T. Wheless,
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) pleads "not guilty" to a traffic violation but is convicted anyway. Handling this setback in his usual manner, the two-dollar fine quickly pyramids to a 10-year jail sentence.
Richard L. Bare
American showgirl Suzy is in London in 1914. She loves Irish inventor Terry who works for an engineering firm owned by a German woman. After their marriage Terry is murdered and Suzy flees ... See full summary »
In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave her as a wedding gift: she needs money to cover her debts. The general secretly buys ... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica
Rico is a small-time hood who knocks off gas stations for whatever he can take. He heads east and signs up with Sam Vettori's mob. A New Year's Eve robbery at Little Arnie Lorch's casino ... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson,
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ...... See full summary »
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
"Swing High" is an early film about trapeze artists. It consists of lots of high-quality footage (often from imaginative angles) and is about everything you'd ever want to see and learn about this.
"Swing High" was nominated for the Best Short Subject Oscar, though today it's hard to imagine this. It isn't because of the cinematography or subject of the film--it's the god-awful narration. While the Pete Smith shorts were made for a very long time by MGM, they don't play all that well today because Pete Smith is just annoying. Often, he tries (in vain) to be funny and his routine really detracted from the films. Because of this, I'll only give this one a 4.
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