In this Pete Smith Specialty, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton demonstrates stroboscopic photography, which he helped develop. This process allows us to see in slow motion what happens during events ... See full summary »
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In this classic story, US Army Lt. Philip Nolan is upset with his assignment to a remote outpost with no possibility for promotion. He intends to join Aaron Burr, who plans to form a new ... See full summary »
The Smudge family cook quits suddenly. Later that day, Matthew Smudge informs his wife, Chloe, that he will be bringing home both his boss and an important client for dinner. Chloe is in a tizzy. The narrator saves the day by getting Prudence Penny, the home economist/newspaper columnist, to come to the Smudge Home and cook dinner.Written by
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When her cook walks out, an incompetent housewife receives PENNY WISDOM in the kitchen only minutes before her hubby's boss comes to dinner.
Pete Smith serves up his special brand of narrative lunacy in this very enjoyable short film which features Prudence Penny, Culinary Columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner. She demonstrates her cooking expertise by producing a delicious ham meal, with baked Alaska for dessert, in a short time. The food looks great in Technicolor.
This little movie, which won the Oscar for Best Short Film of 1937, was a reworking of an earlier Pete Smith short subject, MENU (1933).
Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.
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