Shows what lifeguards do in the off-season.





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A group of lifeguards from a Southern California beach heads south during the off season. We spend a day with them as they leave their camp and paddle their surf boards in search of abalone and lobster, which they sell to yacht owners in the area. A moray eel, a shark, a giant octopus, and rough seas each present their own threats. Teamwork, rescue skills, and strong swimming play a part in getting through the day. "If that's a life of fun and sport," intones the narrator, "I'll take vanilla." Written by <>

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lifeguard | beach | shark | lobster | eel | See All (39) »


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2 February 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Decent Smith short
6 March 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Heroes at Leisure (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Pete Smith short takes a look at what lifeguards do during the off season. So, what do they do, you ask? Well they jump on their surf boards and dive for lobsters to sell to rich people of course. This is pretty much middle ground in terms of Smith shorts. The movie features a somewhat interesting story but the screenplay, or dialogue if you will, doesn't add much excitement to the story and I honestly can't say I wanted to know much more. The best sequences are the underwater stuff where we get to see some nice sea creatures including a shark and an octopus. Some should be warned that the humans are attacked by the two and the animals are eventually killed on screen.

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