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Release Date:
May 1941 (USA) See more »
This short starts out as a documentary. In a dramatization, Eadward Muybridge's photographic experiments prove that when a horse gallops... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Pete Kmetovic ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Ruttenberg ... Himself
Ray June ... Himself

Mervyn LeRoy ... Himself
Karl Freund ... Himself
Robert H. Planck ... Himself
Norman Z. McLeod ... Himself (as Norman McLeod)
George J. Folsey ... Himself (as George Folsey)
M.J. McLaughlin ... Himself (as Michael J. McLaughlin)

Clark Gable ... Himself

Rosalind Russell ... Herself
William H. Daniels ... Himself (as William Daniels)
Clarence Brown ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Whitbeck ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Ruggiero 
Music Department
Nat W. Finston .... music supervisor (as Nat Finston)
Other crew
John Arnold .... technical cooperator
John M. Nickolaus .... technical cooperator (as John J. Nickolaus)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"A New Romance of Celluloid: You Can't Fool a Camera" - USA (series title)
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10 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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References Lady Be Good (1941)See more »


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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Good Short, 9 April 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

You Can't Fool a Camera (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Interesting documentary sort/promotional piece from MGM starts off talking about how the camera was created as how it can tell the truth when countless eye witnesses might not give a clear answer as to what they saw. The second half of the short talks about current cameras being used at MGM and we get some behind the scenes clips to various films including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It's also worth noting that at the end of the film there's a quick rundown of future MGM movies and that includes The Yearling but they've got Spencer Tracy down as the actor when it would eventually feature Gregory Peck. This short isn't anything groundbreaking but in the end it is quite fun and worth checking out on Turner Classic Movies.

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