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Believe It or Not (Second Series) #8 (1932)

In this entry to the documentary short series, a $5000 contest is revealed for fans. Robert Ripley presents a well-dressed cocktail party an assortment of drawings and film clips: a 17-year... See full summary »

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In this entry to the documentary short series, a $5000 contest is revealed for fans. Robert Ripley presents a well-dressed cocktail party an assortment of drawings and film clips: a 17-year old grandmother, one of the largest books in the world, a Boston tea pot steaming since 1873, two 119-year-olds meeting for the first time before the cameras, truffle-hunting pigs in France and Fritz the German Shepherd who walks on the high wire. Written by JLewis

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The Last Decent Episode in the Series
11 April 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Believe It or Not (Second Series) #8 (1932)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent entry in the series has Ripley standing in front of a group of people and telling them that he's going to announce a $5,000 contest winner. Before that happens (it never does actually) he tells us some believe it or not stories, which includes the youngest parents in China who happen to be nine and eight years old. We then learn of a woman in Africa who gave birth to her daughter at the age of eight and then became a grandmother at the age of seventeen. We hear a few more stories including those of a couple 119-year-old men living in Missouri who have lived within a couple miles of one another their whole lives yet never met. Also on display is a trick dog who can climb up and down ladders as well as walk across wires. Overall this is a pretty good entry in the series as we get several interesting stories but I do wonder why they kicked it off telling of pre-ten-year-olds having sex and babies. I'm sure this was looked at differently in 1932 but it comes off rather disturbing today.


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