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Believe It or Not #3 (1930)

Approved | | Short | August 1930 (USA)
Reporters interview Ripley about his world travels.





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Complete credited cast:
Robert L. Ripley ...
Himself (as Bob Ripley)


This entry (#3 in the "Believe It or Not" series), is set on a ship bound for home, where reporters ask passenger Bob Ripley what he has seen in his world travels. He describes various oddities, including a couple who were married for 147 years and a man who fathered 888 children. He sketches some of the oddities for a reporter to take to his editor, and introduces passenger Clarence E. Willard, who demonstrates that he can grow as much as 7 inches in a minute or so. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Vitaphone Production Reel #1053. See more »

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The reporters introduce Ripley orally as Bob Ripley. See more »


Follows Believe It or Not #1 (1930) See more »


There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
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26 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Believe It or Not #3 (1930)

*** (out of 4)

Robert Ripley's third film in the series once again shows various strange things that some might not even believe even though all the evidence is right there on the screen. This time out we get to see a waiter carry fourteen coffee cups and plates in one hand, a church in Nebraska that's made of hay, a baseball team made up of nine brothers, a small Tennessee town that is still living two-hundred years behind current times and many other strange stories. If you enjoy this series then this one here offers up plenty of funny stories and some things that are hard to believe are really happening. None of this stuff is too shocking today with all the news media we have as it seems we can find out anything about anyone. Most of the stuff presented here wouldn't get a brief mention on the news today but the film remains charming as a history lesson of how this stuff was presented back in 1931. The strangest scene in the movie takes place in Mississippi where two black ladies are introduced with one being 138-years-old and the mother of the other woman who is 108-years-old.

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