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How to Watch Football (1938)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Benchley ...
Football Fan


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)

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1.37 : 1
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Uninspired Benchley short has a few amusing moments...
19 March 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The joy of watching football in comfort is apparently not what's in store for ROBERT BENCHLEY in this short that puts him and his girlfriend in the stands watching a game--make that trying to watch a game--while all sorts of rude annoyances surround them.

It starts with him sitting quietly in his own den listening to a game, then drifting off to sleep and imagining what it would be like to be there in the stands. Turns out it's more of a nightmare than a dream.

JOYCE COMPTON has a flair for playing the dumb blonde girlfriend but there are few real laughs to be had. An obnoxious drunken fan bothers Benchley while seated behind them, an overly exuberant fan keeps shoving against him, and the weather fails to cooperate when pouring rain puts an end to the game and the short.

Nothing much, hardly worth a watch.

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