With Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Movie Pests (1944)

Approved | 11 min | Comedy, Short

6.6
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A humorous look at the inconsiderate pests whose annoying habits make enjoying a movie impossible.

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Pete Smith, William Bailey, Margaret Bert, Heinie Conklin

Votes: 242

2. Did'ja Know? (1950)

Not Rated | 8 min | Comedy, Short

5.9
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This short looks at the following questions: How would you act as an expectant father?; How many greeting cards are sold in the USA each year?; Why do radiators make that pounding noise?; Why do animals yawn?

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Don Brodie, Charles King, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 73

3. Wrong Way Butch (1950)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Comedy

6.4
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Ingenious humankind has built numerous safeguards into tools and machinery used in modern industry, big and small, but those devices cannot protect one from one's own carelessness, as ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 145

4. Victory Vittles (1942)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Comedy

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Food economy, all important topic for housewives to consider during wartime is the subject of Pete Smith's newest specialty. Polly Ptterson, culinary expert, has appeared in four previous ... See full summary »

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Polly Patterson, Dorothy Short

5. Film Antics (1954)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short

6.7
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A amusing look at human and animal babies.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Star: Pete Smith

Votes: 55

6. Camera Sleuth (1951)

Approved | 10 min | Crime, Short

6.4
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Real-life investigator Jo Goggin uses a motion-picture surveillance camera to gather evidence. This Pete Smith Specialty short (a rare serious entry in the series) dramatizes how Mr. Goggin... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Jo A. Goggin, John Miljan

Votes: 80

7. Diamond Demon (1947)

Approved | 9 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

7.1
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The remarkable talents of baseball pitcher and trick artist Johnny Price are showcased including throwing two balls at once to two catchers, pitching blindfolded, throwing and hitting hanging upside down, and fielding fungoes in a jeep.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Johnny Price

Votes: 118

8. Super Cue Men (1949)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Sport

6.4
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Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Willie Mosconi, Jimmy Caras, Corinne Calvet

Votes: 7

9. Seventh Column (1943)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short

6.1
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A short showing how carelessness and accidents can harm the war effort, and steps on how to avoid them.

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 77

10. Bargain Madness (1951)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Comedy

5.9
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This Pete Smith Specialty is a humorous look at women battling for bargains in a department store.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Margaret Bert, Don Brodie, Maxine Gates

Votes: 140

11. Wanted -- A Master (1936)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.9
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A dog living in a junk yard finds out that all stray dogs will be exterminated by 3 o' clock that afternoon, so sets off to find a master before the deadline.

Directors: Arthur J. Ornitz, Gunther von Fritsch | Stars: Pete Smith, Horace B. Carpenter, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 117

12. Sports Oddities (1949)

10 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

6.5
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A Pete Smith Specialty featuring unusual outstanding athletes: A trick bowler, acrobatic skaters and aquatic stunts from the high-board.

Stars: Pete Smith, Donna Atwood, Buddy Bowmar, Ned Day

Votes: 11

13. Treasures from Trash (1946)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Comedy

6.1
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Documentary about an unusual Beverly Hills shop called the Patio Shop, run by former film director Harry Lachman.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Harry Lachman

Votes: 50

14. You Can't Win (1948)

Approved | 8 min | Comedy, Short

5.7
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A series of mishaps happening to a homeowner, while he take a relaxing day off from the office. The trouble is about to begin when he starts to rest at home.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 181

15. Let's Cogitate (1948)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short

6.0
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This 'Pete Smith Specialty' short covers subjects such as snoring, boomerangs and amateur photography.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Robert J. Anderson, Don Brodie, Dell Henderson

Votes: 57

16. I Love My Mother-in-Law But... (1948)

8 min | Comedy, Short

5.9
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A series of short vignettes illustrate the ways that a mother-in-law may irritate her son-in-law.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Anne O'Neal, Dorothy Short

Votes: 62

17. Dogs 'n Ducks (1953)

Passed | 10 min | Short, Comedy

5.9
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A boy trains his new golden retriever for duck retrieving competition, much to the chagrin of his first dog, a lovable but untrained mutt.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Norman Wright | Stars: Pete Smith, Wesley Morgan

Votes: 55

18. Things We Can Do Without (1953)

Passed | 9 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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A Pete Smith Specialty shorts series entry. Dave demonstrates a variety of household items and furniture which, while modern, is much more trouble than the progress is worth.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Dorothy Short

Votes: 118

19. I Love My Husband, But! (1946)

10 min | Comedy, Short

6.6
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A wife explains the habits her husband has that drive her crazy.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Lila Leeds, Dorothy Short

Votes: 88

20. Have You Ever Wondered? (1947)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short

6.0
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This Pete Smith Specialty tries to find the answers to some questions that have plagued mankind: Are women drivers worse than men?; How much money does the average gumball machine collect ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, George McDonald

Votes: 87

21. Calling All Pa's (1942)

9 min | Short, Comedy

5.8
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In this Pete Smith Specialty, we meet new father Mr. Thunderstruck as and his wife start raising their new baby girl and experience the issues of new parents.

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Dave O'Brien, Dorothy Morris, Pete Smith, Sarah Edwards

Votes: 61

22. Equestrian Quiz: What's Your I.Q.? No. 11 (1946)

Approved | 10 min | Short

6.0
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A series of questions testing one's knowledge of fun facts about horses and equestrian in general are asked. The questions deal with horse age and size measuring terms and protocols, race ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, The Cristiani Family, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 31

23. Football Thrills No. 15 (1952)

9 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

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The annual compendium of highlights from last season's major intercollegiate gridiron classics.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Star: Pete Smith

24. Just What I Needed (1955)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Comedy

6.0
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Humorous take on "unwanted" gifts.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Leon Tyler

Votes: 64

25. Athletiquiz: What's Your I.Q.? No. 12 (1947)

9 min | Short, Sport

6.0
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The audience is asked questions about sports facts and records involving tennis, wrestling, swimming, golf, and cycling.

Stars: Pete Smith, Fred Perry, Tom Hutchins, Alfred Letourneur

Votes: 32

26. Surfboard Rhythm (1947)

9 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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Directors: Dave O'Brien, Charles T. Trego | Stars: Pete Smith, Charles T. Trego

Votes: 6

27. Football Thrills No. 10 (1947)

10 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

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The annual compendium of highlights from last season's major intercollegiate gridiron classics.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Star: Pete Smith

28. Pest Control (1950)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Comedy

6.4
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In this "Pete Smith Specialty Short," advice is given on how to deal with certain common pests.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Ellinor Vanderveer

Votes: 93

29. Reducing (1952)

Passed | 10 min | Short, Comedy

5.2
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Shows the difficulties an overweight woman goes through trying to lose weight.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Maxine Gates, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 60

30. Sure Cures (1946)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Comedy

5.7
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Documentary showing different "home remedies" for various ills.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, George Bruggeman, Rudy Germane

Votes: 154

31. What About Daddy? (1942)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short

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The trials and tribulations of a husband as his pregnant wife gets closer to the delivery date.

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Pete Smith, Dorothy Morris, Dave O'Brien, Mary Shepherd

32. Early Sports Quiz: What's Your I.Q. No. 13 (1947)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Sport

5.4
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In this Pete Smith Specialty, the audience is asked multiple-choice questions about various sports. Depending on the question, the correct answer is revealed after 5 or 10 seconds.

Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Vyrl Jackson, Glenn Morris

Votes: 37

33. Studio Visit (1946)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.2
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A humorous look round various studios on a film lot. One of the " Pete Smith Specialties", produced and narrated " by a Smith named Pete."

Stars: Pete Smith, William Bailey, Muriel Evans, Helen Sue Goldy

Votes: 150

34. Wanted: One Egg (1950)

Short, Comedy

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The trials of a cooking housewife just getting an egg.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Dorothy Short

35. Football Thrills No. 14: Football Thrills of 1951 (1951)

10 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

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The annual compendium of highlights from last season's major intercollegiate gridiron classics.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Star: Pete Smith

36. Mealtime Magic (1951)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Comedy

5.3
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A beautiful new bride is informed that there will be unexpected guests for dinner and she has only 45 minutes to prepare and have the meal on the table. She has more than a few problems. ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Star: Pete Smith

Votes: 7

37. Fixin' Fool (1951)

10 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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A "Pete Smith Specialty." Misadventures of a misguided DIY enthusiast trying to make a new doorway in his house, despite his wife.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Dorothy Short

Votes: 8

38. Musiquiz (1952)

10 min | Short, Music

6.1
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A music quiz, plus a survey of various unusual musical instruments.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Star: Pete Smith

Votes: 20

39. The Man Around the House (1955)

9 min | Short, Comedy

6.3
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Typical troubles with housework are examined in humorous fashion.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Rudy Lee, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 58

40. A Wife's Life (1950)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Comedy

6.0
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As she starts dinner after a trying day, Mrs. George T. Hardnose calls her husband to say she wants to go to a movie that night; he says, nothing doing, he's tired, he's worked hard, and ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dorothy Short, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 53

41. First Aid (1943)

Approved | 11 min | Short

6.0
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This Pete Smith Specialty is a semihumorous look at basic first aid techniques for mishaps that often occur around the house. It was produced in cooperation with the Beverly Hills First Aid... See full summary »

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Eileen Percy, Kenneth Brown, Sally Eilers, Leila Hyams

Votes: 46

42. Ain't It Aggravatin' (1954)

Passed | 9 min | Comedy, Short

6.5
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A sketch of human foibles that lead to major aggravations. Pete Smith's 'Mr. Fall Guy' Dave O'Brien has problems while attempting to park his car on a city street; he bumps cars in front of... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Sally Payne, Frank Sully

Votes: 80

43. It Would Serve 'Em Right (1953)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Comedy

6.7
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Harry T. Underdog, neighbor of Chris Crusty (Dave O'Brien), lives up to his name when Crusty starts showing off. But, before Crusty's escapades are finished, Mr. Underdog employs some ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 7

44. The Mosconi Story (1953)

10 min | Short, Biography

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Tells the story of young Willie Mosconi. From growing up with his father's pool hall downstairs to his first US Championship.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Willie Mosconi, Pete Smith

45. Landlording It (1953)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Comedy

6.6
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In this Pete Smith Special, director/writer Dave O'Brien, the perennial fall guy, has to take it on the chin, and other places, in showing what a landlord has to contend with, especially ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 14

46. The Fall Guy (1955)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short

6.1
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This is the final entry in the Pete Smith Specialty series. Smith pays tribute to stunt man Dave O'Brien, who took many falls and spills (and upon whom objects fell) when he played hapless ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 66

47. I Love Children But... (1952)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Comedy

6.1
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A look at two modern fathers with their sons. In case one, dad takes his tyke with him for a game of cards with a bachelor friend. They put the boy to bed in the guest room then try to play... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Don Brodie, Rudy Lee

Votes: 72

48. What D'ya Know? (1947)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short

6.3
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Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 6

49. Bowling Tricks (1948)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

7.9
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A demonstration of trick shots by champion bowler Andy Varipapa.

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Andy Varipapa, John Y. McKinney

Votes: 29

50. Ice Aces (1948)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short

6.5
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Each year a new edition of the Ice Capades would skate into L.A. and the odds were high that both Ralph Staub (for Screen Snapshots) and Pete Smith (for his Specials) would show up and make... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Donna Atwood, Johnny Flanagan, Larry Jackson

Votes: 51


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