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Opening Day (1938)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 12 November 1938 (USA)
Because the mayor of Sneeversport is in Paris, city treasurer Benchley is called upon to throw out the ball for the first baseball game at the new Sneeversport Municipal Park. He delivers a... See full summary »

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Because the mayor of Sneeversport is in Paris, city treasurer Benchley is called upon to throw out the ball for the first baseball game at the new Sneeversport Municipal Park. He delivers a speech that shows he knows very little about baseball. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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16 June 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Opening Day (1938)

* (out of 4)

The Mayor of Sneeversport is out of town so the city treasurer (Robert Benchley) is asked to throw out the first pitch at the opening day baseball game. When he's handed the ball, instead of throwing it, he goes on a long speech, which starts to drag everyone crazy. I love catching these rare shorts on Turner Classic Movies and even the most bland one usually has at least a few things going for it but there's no doubt that this one here is the worst I've seen. I've enjoyed most of the Benchley shorts I've seen but while watching the film I felt like those people in the stands. The humor just didn't work on me as I found it boring, slow and just dull. Benchley always had a dry humor in his films but this really kills this film because it's simply not funny.


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