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Shy Guy (1947)

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Phil, a student who recently transferred into his high school, keeps to himself a lot, spending time in his basement building radios and record players. His dad notices that he has no ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Narrator (voice)
Philip Norton
Frank Ferguson ...
Mr. Norton (as Franklyn Ferguson)
Arthur Young ...
Chick Gallagher
Mickey Hugh ...
Bill Fein ...
Beezy Barnes
Howard Phillips ...
Jack Gilbert


Phil, a student who recently transferred into his high school, keeps to himself a lot, spending time in his basement building radios and record players. His dad notices that he has no friends, and tells him that, like the electronic parts he assembles, "you have to fit in with all hte other parts." Realizing that the reason he has no friends is because he's not one of the "crowd," Phil studies the most popular kids at school, in order to see what traits they admire most, so he can be like them and fit in. Written by

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Educational short Shy Guy is interesting as the debuts of Dick York and narrator Mike Wallace
18 August 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just found this obscure educational short on Internet Archive. It marked the film debuts of actor Dick York-the original Darren Stevens on "Bewitched"-when he was just 19 and narrator Mike Wallace-later to be best known as a moderator on "60 Minutes" but was just a radio/TV announcer during this film's shooting time. Mr. York plays a high school student who's new at his place of learning and who spends most of his time fixing his radio at home when he's not wandering around the school's halls observing fellow students he's awkward around. His father gives him some advice and when one of those fellow classmates motions him to a table at the drugstore hangout, Phil (York's character) comes around and starts feeling sociable. Wallace makes the short's points at the end but he's not the only off-screen voice I heard here since the Internet Archive version had another one that made snarky comments throughout ala Joel/Mike and the 'bots on "Mystery Science Theater 3000". These were quite hilarious and offset whatever boring parts that threatened to dominate with the partially stilted dialogue courtesy of the script and many of the performances though Mr. York acquits himself nicely here with his natural presence. Since he's young here, he does sound a bit different than his voice on the later sitcom he's best known for. For all that, Shy Guy is worth a look for anyone curious about this sort of thing.

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