A narrated collection of clips featuring acrobats and stunt performers who earn their living in unusual and exciting ways.




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Credited cast:
Alfredo Codona ...
Himself - member 'The Flying Cadonas' (archive footage)
Lalo Codona ...
Himself - member 'The Flying Cadonas' (archive footage)
Vera Codona ...
Herself - member 'The Flying Cadonas' (archive footage)
The Maxellos ...
Themselves (archive footage)
Narrator (voice)


The narrator states that most people make a living working normal, routine, unexciting jobs with steady hours in offices, shops and factories. However, some people earn their living in unusual and exciting ways, and this short features clips providing some examples which consist entirely of acrobats and stunt performers. Included are a horseshoes trick shot artist, gymnastic acrobats, horseback acrobats, a horse diver, pole swayers, high wire artists, trapeze artists, and a diving stunt man. Some stunts are performed blindfolded. Written by TimeNTide

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Short | Comedy





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10 October 1953 (USA)  »

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Decent Short
26 April 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

This is a Living? (1953)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Pete Smith short takes a look at people who do strange jobs that most wouldn't even try. These jobs include trapeze artists, a man and wife horseshoe throwers, a woman and horse who dive fifty-feet into water, high jumpers and various other strange jobs. As with a lot of Smith shorts, this one is entertaining throughout but there's certainly nothing overly special about it about. The movie is mildly fun do to the strange things we see but we really don't learn anything about the people doing the strange jobs or why they are being done. This is worth viewing if you can catch it on Turner Classic Movies but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to find it.

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