Shows the difficulties an overweight woman goes through trying to lose weight.

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(as David Barclay)

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(original story and screenplay), (original story and screenplay)
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This Pete Smith Specialty shows newsreel footage events that live up to the title. They include, among others, a diaper derby (the father who puts a diaper on his child fastest wins), a ... See full summary »

Stars: Pete Smith
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Pete Smith does his usual mocking observations while the overweight Maxine Gates goes through the trials and tribulations of losing weight. The agony of enduring the dieting and weight-losing programs and exercises is compounded by the usual food-and-sweets temptations. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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22 March 1952 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A Rather Harsh "Comedy"
31 March 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Reducing (1952)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A rather mean-spirited short from Pete Smith has an overweight woman (Maxine Gates) trying to reduce her waist size without much luck. Being a short from Smith will have you expecting a lot of jokes aimed at the overweight woman but I must admit that I was rather shocked at how mean-spirited the film was. There were countless times Smith, as the narrator, referred to her as "fatso" and I'm sure this was meant to be funny and perhaps it was in 1952 but it's not today. I've been skinny all my life but watching this short made me feel rather uneasy considering some of the terms used to talk about overweight people. Other jokes deal with the woman jumping rope only to have the entire building move. The film gets a few minor laughs but in the end it's just too mean to fully enjoy.


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