In this "Pete Smith Specialty Short," advice is given on how to deal with certain common pests.


(as David Barclay)


(original story and screenplay), (original story and screenplay) (as David Barclay)


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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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14 January 1950 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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How To Deal With Human Pests
14 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These "Pete Smith Specialties" were funny a half century ago, and are still humorous, even if they are dated. They aren't hilarious, but they are entertaining.

In this one, Pete goes after "pests," people who do annoying things....and what Pete would like to see happen to those "pests." We see "the cruising wolf," (who would be up on harassment charges in this day-and-age) and the bratty kid in antique store who constantly breaks things (Pete recommends chloroforming the kid!).

In addition, Pete mentions a couple of other irritations, animate and inanimate pests. Man, he could make a long, long movie about this subject!

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