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Wild and Woolly (1931)

Passed  -  Documentary | Short  -  7 November 1931 (USA)
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This Sports Champions entry visits a rodeo and highlights the three main events: bronco busting, bull riding, and bull-dogging steers.


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Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ...
Narrator (voice)


We visit a rodeo somewhere in the western United States. We watch professional riders in three events: bronco busting, bull-dogging, and bull riding. We see some of the cowboys perform in slow motion and one in reverse motion. Pete Smith, the narrator who sounds like a city boy as he explains it's pronounced "roe-DAY-o," provides a combination of information, comic commentary, and corny puns. Overriding all is the difficulty of this sport. Written by <>

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Documentary | Short






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7 November 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Follows Splash! (1931) See more »


My Pony Boy
Music by Charley O'Donnell
Lyrics by Bobby Heath
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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1 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Wild and Woolley (1931)

*** (out of 4)

Early Pete Smith short shows us what goes on at a rodeo where we see cowboys trying to break wild horses as well as trying to stay on the bulls. As far as information goes, this film offers some nice trivia but I think most will be shocked or turned off by some of the violence in the movie. There are some pretty ugly scenes involving the horses that I'm sure PETA members would throw a fit about. I'm certainly not a member but a few of these scenes struck me as cruel especially one where a horse gets caught on the gate and pretty violently hurts itself. What really sticks out in this short is the brilliant cinematography that captures all the action. A lot of slow motion is used so you can really see what's going on and the filming is downright brilliant and contains some of the best work I've seen from an early film.

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