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The Grand Bounce (1937)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 22 May 1937 (USA)
A man writes a check for $1,000 to cover a gambling debt. The problem is that he doesn't have enough money in his bank account to cover it. The check was written on Friday afternoon, but ... See full summary »

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A man writes a check for $1,000 to cover a gambling debt. The problem is that he doesn't have enough money in his bank account to cover it. The check was written on Friday afternoon, but cannot be cashed before the following Tuesday. The check is used to pay several debts until... Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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11 August 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I am a great fan of the Pete Smith shorts from MGM. His snarky narration adds a lot of humor to almost any situation. Likewise, I enjoy the movies of Jacques Tourneur, an ambitious director whose long career in shorts and B movies were a matter of never quite having that breakout hit.

Here, however, in this short subject about a man who writes a bad check that will be cashed in three days and its movement through various hands over that time, the two have attempted to mix a series of comic and dramatic incidents over those three days and while the comic incidents work --- typical Pete Smith narration and sound effects -- the dramatic ones come off rather flat. I think the piece decent, but suspect that I would rate it lower were it not for my general fondness for the talents involved.


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