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Take a Cue (1939)

Approved | | Short | 12 August 1939 (USA)
Despite the school just having won an important basketball game, its students are more interested in one of its teachers, namely Charles C. Peterson, who teaches them in the fine art of ... See full summary »

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Despite the school just having won an important basketball game, its students are more interested in one of its teachers, namely Charles C. Peterson, who teaches them in the fine art of playing billiards. He teaches them how to properly hold the cue, gauge the correct distance from knuckle to cue ball, and create the proper spin on the cue ball to position it properly for the next shot. He then demonstrates some seemingly impossible trick shots. Feeling the limelight has been unfairly taken away from him, Homer, the school's star basketball player, tries to thwart Peterson's attempt at making shots, while showing that he himself can make them. Written by Huggo

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"A stranglehold on the butt-end of the cue is a fine way to get yourself all in a dither."
5 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Fun entry in the Pete Smith series of shorts from MGM. The high school basketball team has just won a big game and star player Homer (Doodles Weaver) is being carried around on the shoulders of his schoolmates. But when billiard expert Charles C. Peterson shows up, the kids unceremoniously dump poor Homer to go learn some billiard tricks from the master. So Homer tries to outdo Mr. Peterson at billiards with humorous results.

The pool table Mr. Peterson demonstrates his tricks on doesn't have any pockets. I believe this is because he's playing a different version of billiards than the pocket pool most of us are used to. I guess the point is to have the balls bounce around the table but I'm no expert. It's interesting to watch Peterson make the trick shots but, as always, the best part of a Pete Smith short is the funny sarcastic narration by Smith himself.


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