Humorist Robert Benchley illustrates the fine points of attending an American football game.




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A man with pipe and smoking jacket relaxes in his easy chair as he listens to a football game on the radio. The announcer wishes everyone was with him at the stadium. With that, the fan at home dreams of a recent trip to the stadium to watch a game with his date. They enter the wrong gate and must fight the crowd to find their seats. There they are bothered by a loud fan, an inebriated one, and other interruptions. His date also asks him a series of questions about the game, suggesting she's not sure where she is. The comments of the excited announcer continue as rain falls. Back at home, the reverie ends. Written by <>

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american football | See All (1) »


Short | Comedy | Sport





Release Date:

8 October 1938 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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31 March 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

How to Watch Football (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Robert Benchley short has him taking a girlfriend to a football game where all sorts of troubles happen. Not only do they have to fight the crowd to get into the game but once inside they also must put up with an annoying drunk as well as bad seats. While this film has an overall good idea I can't say that the payoff was as good as it should have been so with that in mind I'd put this down as a middle-ground Benchley film. We are shown various situations in the movie but none of them really provide any laugh out loud moments. There are a few scenes that will put a smile on your face and most of these deal with the drunk. Eddie Acuff might be remembered by some film buffs and he too is on hand here as a yelling fan sitting next to Benchley.

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