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Ripley takes the stand in a make-believe courtroom to testify that his
tall tales are all true, under grilling of a persistent prosecutor.
Among them: The Star Bangled Banner is not America's National Anthem but instead is based on a British drinking song with the exact same melody.
The Statue of Liberty was built atop a military prison, which is the ground it stands on.
He explains how 62 people flew over the Atlantic before Charles Lindberg--most of them in a dirigible.
And how a boy stricken with a strange disease aged very suddenly and died in the form of an old man at seven years of age. (Brings to mind the current film, THE STRANGE CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON in which the reverse was true).
And finally, how a man held his arm over his head for a period of ten years (which has got to be some kind of record) -- so long, he says, that birds built a nest in his hand! Another odd entry in the Ripley series--but what did you expect?
Summing up: Not done with much style and clearly an oddity from the past.
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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