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Believe It or Not #2 (1930)

Unrated | | Short | July 1930 (USA)
The second entry in the Believe It or Not series of shorts begins with Robert Ripley in his office sorting his mail. At the time he received about one million pieces of mail per year, more ... See full summary »

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The second entry in the Believe It or Not series of shorts begins with Robert Ripley in his office sorting his mail. At the time he received about one million pieces of mail per year, more than any other individual. He shows the audience several of the more oddly addressed envelopes. These include one addressed in Morse code; one in Hebrew, one using the naval flag code; and one with a small tear to the left of a picture of Robert E. Lee (i.e., "Rip + Lee" = Ripley). A U.S. marshal then enters the office and arrests Ripley. He is brought to court to defend several of the claims made in his books and newspaper columns. One claim is that "The Star-Spangled Banner" is not the national anthem of the USA (it wasn't until 1931). Another is that Charles A. Lindbergh was actually the 67th person to fly nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. (The first nonstop flight was made in 1919 by a pair of aviators in one plane, and two dirigibles with more than 30 passengers each also made crossings before... Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Although Ripley is identified with that name in the onscreen credits, the judge calls him Robert Ripley. See more »

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Followed by Believe It or Not #3 (1930) See more »

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First Two in Series
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Believe It or Not #2 (1930)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Robert L. Ripley gets pulled into court to testify that what he says is actually true. Inside the fake courtroom we hear Ripley questioned about various stories including a man in India who held his hands over his head for ten years and the story of a man eating plant. This second short doesn't work as well as the first since we're not shown too much but instead we're just hearing the stories.

Believe It or Not #1 (1930)

*** (out of 4)

Robert L. Ripley shows off various strange items from a man with eight inch horns coming out of his head to a woman who can read eight words a second. This is the first I've seen from this Warner series and it was pretty interesting, although Ripley's not the best host a film could have.


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