It was a simpler time at the beginning of the twentieth century, when the movies were silent except for the musicians playing at each individual theater for each show. The "non-existent" silent movie presented is W.W. Weatherstrip's "Passion of Horse-Pistol Pete", the story of a love triangle between Horse-Pistol Pete, Cafeteria Kate and Sheriff Dan, the clash between the two men on the opposite sides of the law, and Kate's reaction to what happens between the men. Despite the seriousness of the picture, Elmer the chimpanzee always manages to steal the show. Written by
We are taken back to the early days of the 20th Century, in simpler times, where movies were silent except for the two-piece band in the theater providing music and sound effects. We observe the hand-turned projectors which gave people movies on a screen.
We are given clips of one of those old films called "Passions Of Horse-Pistol Pete" and Pete Smith, the man who presented many short comedy features, narrates the silent film for us. Rather, he explains what is going on....with humor, of course, along with a couple of wild sound effects that deliberately don't match what we're seeing on screen. Pete's humor, frankly, is a bit too corny. It might have gone over in '41 but you shake your head and roll your eyes up listening to him now. (However, the last minute of this silent film was very entertaining. Pete must have had fun making fun of this film.)
This "Pete Smith Speciality" short feature was part of the Marx Brothers double-bill DVD of "Go West" and "The Big Store."
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