This MGM short film, part of the A Pete Smith Specialty series, takes a humorous looks at photography. Starting with Louis Daguerre's first photo, which terrified his maid, to wedding ...
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This MGM short film, part of the A Pete Smith Specialty series, takes a humorous looks at photography. Starting with Louis Daguerre's first photo, which terrified his maid, to wedding photos where the the groom sat and the bride stood, eventually anyone was able to take snaps. Newspapers wanted photos and cameramen took candid snaps. The challenges faced by the amateur photographer are explored, not the least of which is that they can be a real pest to their subjects, in this case the man's wife and son. Written by
This Pete Smith short from MGM spoofs the various types of photos that have been around throughout the years. We start off with a very brief history lesson talking about the first photos ever taken and then Smith, as his comments, take over as we see various forms of funny moments coming from the camera. This includes those old-time pictures where the husband is sitting and the wife standing and more current stuff dealing with a father trying to get his family to sit still long enough for him to snap the picture. I've seen dozens of shorts from Smith and so far I'd have to call this here is the least entertaining. I think this is the first time I've ever watched one of his shorts where I didn't at least laugh once. I'm really not sure what happened during the production of this thing but the spoken words by Smith just aren't that funny and none of the images we see are funny either. The brief history lesson isn't enough to carry the film and it's pretty bad with a short 8-minutes drag along.
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