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 ... See full summary »
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
As far as Pete Smith Specialty shorts go, this was a pretty good one. It's all about fun with early photography. Some history is given, including that of Frenchman Louis Daguerre, who, it can be argued, took the first practical photograph in the early 1800's.
As usual, Pete tries for laughs as we follow a modern (for the 1930's), family man photographer as he annoys his family, trying to get them to pose for his photographic obsession. If you've ever seen a Pete Smith short, you know what I mean by "tries for laughs". If the kind of stuff Pete did was considered funny in the 1930's, I don't know, but his humor definitely falls under the "groaner" banner in the 21st century.
Overall, I'd say this hits the upper end of the Pete Smith scale. Of course, that's not saying a lot.
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