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Hollywood Scout (1945)

 |  Short  |  14 April 1945 (USA)
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One of Pete Smith's assistants auditions animal acts for his short subjects.


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Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ...
Narrator / Chimp (voice) (as a Smith named Pete)


A day in the life of Janey, a Hollywood talent scout assigned to cast animals. She leaves her office to watch a couple of talented dogs work with their trainers, as the off-screen narrator explains that most movie dogs are highly trained by professionals. As she watches the two performer, three pups play with her. Back in her office, a man has great trouble as he tries to get his bear to perform for her, and, when she tries to leave by the back door, she's confronted by a man and his chimp. Written by <>

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14 April 1945 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A quick look at animal talent in this Pete Smith Specialty...
16 January 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

It's a dog's day afternoon at the talent scout's office. By the end of the day she slams the door on a man who shows up with a monkey. "Can I show you a trained monkey?" Slam! That's the tone of this MGM short with some dogs doing some amazing balancing acts--or jumping through a swinging trapeze, balancing on a wheel, balancing on a man's hand in acrobatic fashion. The dog handler himself had acrobatic training before becoming a dog trainer.

And finally, there's a stunt with a big black bear that has the talent scout fed up with all the nonsense.

Not one of the best Pete Smith specialties, but amusing enough.

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