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Believe It or Not (Second Series) #12 (1932)

TV-G | | Short | August 1932 (USA)
During Robert L. Ripley's absence on a world tour, 'Leo Donnelly' narrates scenes of oddities in the Philippines, Japan, Luxembourg and other places.


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Complete credited cast:
Leo Donnelly ...
Narrator (voice)
James E. Marvin ...
One-Armed Boat Builder


In Robert L. Ripley's absence, 'Leo Donnelly' acts as the guide to the world of "believe it or not"s from around the world. A group of people in the Philippines are moving a house, foundation and all, six miles, by carrying it on their backs, with the family still inside the house. A one arm boat builder demonstrates the water crafts he has devised for his disability. A junk in China is being propelled by those aboard who are walking on the junk's treadmill propeller. Dwarf trees in Japan are shown, some as old as 700 hundred years. Also in Japan, Japanese chickens are shown with tail feathers measuring up to twenty-five feet in length. A sundial in Manila is the world's largest at 30 feet in height and 65 feet in length. A group of church goers in Luxembourg are dancing - closer to bouncing - as a ritual toward good health. Livestock with unusual physical attributes are shown. Tree limbs are displayed in Tacoma, Washington that form an alphabet. The world's largest collection of the ... Written by Huggo

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"Robert L. Ripley has visited 122 countries in search of material for his 'Believe It or Not' pictures." See more »

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Narrator Leo Donnelly orally identifies the other credited cast member. Robert L. Ripley's name appears in the opening foreword, but he is not mentioned when he appears in Japan. See more »


There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
(1823) (uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
In the score during the house-moving sequence
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The 24th and Final Entry
11 April 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Believe It or Not (Second Series) #12 (1932)

** (out of 4)

The final film in the series once again features no Ripley as he's apparently off looking for footage to upcoming episodes (which of course never came). We travel across the globe including Japan where we see chickens with tails that grow a foot a year. We also visit the Philippines where we see a house that is picked up and carried six miles away by some local workers. Also on hand this time out includes a one-armed man who builds boats as well as a trip to Grauman's Chinese Theater where we see several stars who have put their hand print and signatures down. This 24th episode is fair in terms of "believe it or not" footage but in the end it's obvious they were running out of material as this second group just aren't nearly as entertaining as some from the first. Fans of the weird will probably want to check out the entire series but this one here simply doesn't feature enough to make it worth viewing unless you really want to watch them all.

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