This short film, through a series of different situations, posits the age old question, "Why is it?" Why is it that every time you have an important appointment in the morning, you stay ... See full summary »

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(as David Barclay)

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(original story and screenplay), (original story and screenplay)
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Pete Smith ...
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This short film, through a series of different situations, posits the age old question, "Why is it?" Why is it that every time you have an important appointment in the morning, you stay awake worrying about oversleeping? Why is it that when a wife makes an effort to prepare a special meal from scratch, the husband always makes a face after eating it? And why is it that every time you go to a library, you sit next to the person who will be the most distracting? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short

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Passed | See all certifications »
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11 September 1948 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Decent Smith-O'Brien Short
11 July 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Why Is It? (1948)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent short from the Pete Smith/Dave O'Brien team will keep fans of the series entertained but if you're new to the duo then there are certainly better films that they did. This time out O'Brien plays the typical male that he always does as we see him encounter various pet peeves. This includes having a big job interview and needing to get up at six AM only to stay awake all night worried if the alarm will go off or not. When he finally does go asleep he wakes up and sure enough, the alarm didn't go off. We also see him preparing for the interview where one thing goes wrong after another. The other two sequences deal with him upsetting his wife over her cooking and a sequence inside a library where he sits next to an annoying man. WHY IS IT? certainly isn't a classic and there's no doubt that the two men made better films but there are enough laughs here to make this one worth watching and especially if you're a fan. The best sequence is probably the one dealing with the alarm clock, although the shaving scene gives it a run for its money. The final bit in the library isn't a complete success but there are a few moments that will make you smile.


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