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Believe It or Not #9 (1931)

Unrated | | Documentary, Short | 2 May 1931 (USA)
Robert L. Ripley presents various oddities to members of the Believe-It-or-Not Club.





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Credited cast:
Katharine Marilyn Carney ...
Herself - Baby with Full Set of Teeth
Mrs. Lewis ...
String Saver
Robert L. Ripley ...
Henry Scott ...
Glove wearing Piano Player


Asked to present some oddities to members of the Believe-It-or-Not Club, Robert L. Ripley mentions that German was proposed as the official language of the United States, but was voted down by the Continental Congress by one vote. The largest chair in the world is at Thomasville, North Carolina, and is 13' high and has a 5½' square seat. The tallest building in the world is the recently completed Empire State Building in New York, but a miniature skyscraper in Flint, Michigan stands 6 stories high and is 6 feet wide. There is a skyscraper in Chicago which has a cow stall. Various odd trees are described. Baby Katharine Marilyn Carney had a full set of teeth at age 6 months. Ulysses S. Grant's birth name was Hiram and he was not a general during the Civil War, but was made a general by act of Congress a few months before his death. A man once saved bits of string that measured 139 miles long, but an Indian fakir collected chains instead of string, finally accumulating 670 pounds of ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Documentary | Short






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Ripley perpetuates what is known as the "Muhlenberg legend" about how German nearly became the official language of the United States but for a single vote in Congress. See more »

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The president of the Believe-It-or Not Club orally introduces Robert L. Ripley, who orally identifies the two other actors. See more »


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Played on piano by Henry Scott
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Nice Entry (Believe It or Not)
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Believe It or Not #9 (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another good entry in the hit-and-miss series has Robert L. Ripley showing up at a "Believe It or Not" fan club party where he introduces some more strange stories. We learn how a German man kept America from being a German-speaking country. We see the largest chair in the world, see a ball of string that reaches 139-miles and a six-month baby with a full set of teeth. Also here is a tree with a gun stuck in the middle, two trees growing together and yet another tree that twists around. This short, unlike many in the series, gives us some video footage of the stories we're told about and this here is a major plus. All of the footage here is rather interesting and especially some of the stuff with the trees. We also get to see the "new" Empire State Building. Fans of the series will find quite a few of these stories interested and thanks to the video this remains one of the better entries.

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