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Traffic Regulations (1929)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  February 1929 (USA)
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Citizen Stewart demonstrates the wonders of the changes made in New York City traffic regulations by the current administration, using visual aids.

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A speaker on a stage presents a report on the traffic conditions in the theater district of New York City, which he says have improved considerably. After giving some examples of how bad the traffic in the area has been in the past, he displays a large map of the district. He then uses the map to point out landmarks and recommended routes. Written by Snow Leopard

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Donald Ogden Stewart: Oh, everything is great under Mr. Whalen, and in order to help you get to the theater, now I've prepared a series of maps that I call the Grover Whalen maps in honor of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and if you use these maps, I can assure you that you will get to the theater practically the same night that you start.
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Edited into Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin (1998) See more »

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One of the Worst Shorts Out There
1 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Traffic Regulations (1929)

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This Paramount short comes a year after Robert Benchley started doing his "lecture" comedies at Fox. I'm guessing they did quite well as far as business goes or else we wouldn't have gotten this rip-off featuring Donald Ogden Stewart. Stewart does exactly what Benchley would have done as he's in front of a group of people telling the story of a woman who let her son go to the theater but he ended up getting lost in the confusing traffic and never returned home. Now, this woman's next son wants to go so to calm her fears he decides to use a map to show how people should drive to this theater. I've said countless times that I didn't find Benchley's humor to work in this setting and sitting through this 6-minute short almost had my clawing my eyes out. Benchley could usually be mildly entertaining but that's not the case here. If you thought his humor was dry then you haven't seen anything yet as Stewart makes the other comedian seem dripping wet in terms of laughs. The entire story about the woman losing her family to getting lost was just downright silly and not a word of it funny. The movie got less and less funny each passing minute and once he pulls the map out things just fall apart even more. Needless to say, this one here isn't recommended.


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