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
Pretty poor short from the one and only Pete Smith is perhaps the worst I've seen from him. The film has Smith narrating a "fake" story on top of a silent movie, which is given the title of PASSIONS OF THE HORSE-PISTOL PETE. That's pretty much all there is to say in terms of the story as the film has a man abusing his wife and he eventually has to save her life. The added narration and sound effects by Smith are extremely poorly written and that's the main reason this turns out to be the worst short I've seen from him. He's usually quite reliable but that's certainly not true here because the film is a complete misfire from start to finish. The entire "screenplay" of "jokes" for Smith to tell are all very badly written and for the life of me I can't see what Smith or anyone else would have found funny in them. Just listen to the joke about the Academy Awards and you'll hear the perfect example of bad writing.
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