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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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Stupid Dog Tricks
7 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This below average Pete Smith short features a woman, as the titled Hollywood talent scout, sitting at her desk reviewing various film clip submissions from pet owners who feel that their dogs have noteworthy talents (as Smith narrates). Most of this producer's features are above average and very entertaining; some have even won awards. Pete Smith received sixteen Academy Award nominations, earning two Oscars and an Honorary Award from AMPAS for this career. Unfortunately, this one is not up to his usual standards. A German Shephard is shown walking a tightrope, another is shown jumping onto a swing. But these talented dogs are actually the highlight of this short whose final segment is particularly lame.

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