Benchley, a newspaper columnist who writes on issues of etiquette, receives a telephone call from two men working deep in a manhole, they who are arguing about what to do if a woman fell ...
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Humorist Robert Benchley discusses the issue of food and how different situations can affect one's ability to consume and digest food, using his stock everyman and slightly bumbling ... See full summary »
Documentary short film with three segments: HORSEPLAY, in which several Hollywood stars watch Arabian horses performing tricks; ON ICE, showing the action of an ice hockey game; and A FOOT IS SHOD about footwear.
A silent, little man carrying a violin case wanders into the kitchen of a swanky nightclub looking for a meal. The chef takes pity on him and convinces the nightclub's owner that the man is... See full summary »
A promo short looks at how electricity generated at Boulder (Hoover) Dam is sent to Hollywood to make films. A brief tour of the M-G-M power plants is followed by behind-the-scenes footage and previews of several upcoming releases.
When Bert Adams brings his boss, Mr. Mason, home for dinner, he and his wife Carrie hope Mason will take the opportunity to announce that Bert will be promoted to fill a new vacancy in the ... See full summary »
Benchley, a newspaper columnist who writes on issues of etiquette, receives a telephone call from two men working deep in a manhole, they who are arguing about what to do if a woman fell into their manhole while they're eating. One argues that they should stand up, the other arguing that they should tip their hat. Although they don't ask, Benchley also gives them advice on the proper etiquette surrounding telling a story that someone wants to hear, making introductions of people at church functions, and how to treat weekend guests in your home.Written by
(At around 9 minutes) Mr. Benchley is talking to the butler. When Mr. Benchley is leaving the room he kicks something that looks like a hockey puck. Most likely used to mark the actor's place on stage. See more »
Decent entry in Robert Benchley's "How to..." series. This time out a couple workers begin to argue about certain ways to behave so they call up Benchley who educates them on the proper way to do various things including if one should stand when a woman walks up to their table and if you should let a guest in your house sleep as long as they like. The more Benchley shorts I see the more I realize how hit and miss he is with me. I've seen quite a few shorts from Benchley over the years and I find some of them good while others are downright bad without anything good in them. This one here falls somewhere in the middle as we get a couple decent laughs but at the same time I couldn't help but wonder if this movie was put together through deleted scenes from other shorts. The reason I say that is that the film starts off telling us how we should behave yet it then turns to one long sequence with Benchley sleeping at a friends house, waking up and deciding not to wake others when he doesn't realize that he's the one who has slept late. That portion of the short runs so long you have to wonder if it was originally meant to be the entire story here. Either way, there just aren't enough laughs to call this a good movie but fans of the star will want to check it out.
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