This short humorously recreates the experience of going to a nickelodeon during the silent film era, using footage of silent films and sarcastic narration.






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Leo Donnelly ...
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Jack Freeman ...


This short film recreates the experience of watching films shown during the silent era in what were called nickelettes, since admission for an evening's entertainment cost five cents. The newsreels presented include New Yorkers going speed crazy in being able to travel seven miles in three hours, and a race between a motor vehicle and an airplane. Following is one of the features, The Wonderful Chance (1920), which starred 'Rudolph Valentino' in one of his earliest roles, but in character not often portrayed by him, namely the gangster. A short commercial and a live musical interlude precede a second feature in which a dastardly villain abducts the helpless heroine, a secretary, who must be saved from doom by her boss. Throughout the evening's entertainment, the narrator providing the voice over has his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy





Release Date:

24 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pepper Pot (1932-1933 season) #2: The Nickelette  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #1399. See more »


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Spoof Without the Laughs
17 May 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Nickelette, The (1932)

** (out of 4)

Fair short from Warner explains to (then) current viewers what it was like when movies were just a nickel. The film starts off showing us some of the signs (No Spitting on Floors) we'd see at a theater and then we move onto the type of films and we also get a live musician doing a song. Had this short been an actual documentary it might have worked out a lot better but we basically have another example of a sound movie poking fun at silents. Leo Donnelly narrates some rather poor dialogue aimed at a few different silent movies (including one with Charley Chase). I'm not sure how well these jokes went over in 1932 but they're pretty flat today as is the entire movie. None of the narration is funny and the way their presented isn't any better either. I'd certainly be willing to go along with spoofing silent movies if what they were saying or doing was anywhere near as good as the item they're laughing at. The problem here is that even the worse Chase film is better than this thing so, naturally, this movie just doesn't get the job done.

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