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Pest Control (1950)

Approved  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  14 January 1950 (USA)
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In this "Pete Smith Specialty Short," advice is given on how to deal with certain common pests.


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Among the pests that are dealt with in this Pete Smith short are a wolf cruising in a convertible who refuses to take no for an answer from an attractive young woman, the small son of a customer in an antique store who causes damage to expensive "objets d'art," a dried-out fountain pen, and a woman who rudely stares at a diner through a restaurant window. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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narrator: Any resemblance between the horrifying menace of this brat and an atomic bomb is purely coincidental.
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Pesticide Posturings.
13 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dave O'Brien directs and stars in this nifty and humorous look at pests, as in humans and an inanimate object. Pete Smith narrates.

First off is the cruising wolf pest, a man who thinks he's god's gift to women and begins to harass a beautiful girl walking down the street, only he's in his car and using that to further his cause. The penis extension metaphor is wonderfully wry. How will it pan out? Pete Smith and the young lady in question provide the solution. Ouch!

Secondly is the tale of a bratty kid let loose in an antiques shop. The brat's mother is keen on buying something so O'Brien is keen to not let the sale slip through his fingers, but the brat is causing untold damage. Is vengeance in the offering for the frantic salesman?

Thirdly we find O'Brien trying to enjoy his meal in a café, only to be put into a nervous meltdown by a woman staring at him through the window. Cue mishaps with the various foods on his table. The resolution to this one is cheeky.

Lastly it's the inanimate object tale, which is a fountain pen that refuses to co-operate. We have all been there and O'Brien's final act is something we all can associate with. 7/10

Pest Control can be found as an extra on the Region One DVD release of James Stewart's The Stratton Story.

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