6.0/10
43
3 user

The Romance of Digestion (1937)

On Disc

at Amazon

A brief, illustrated lecture on digestion. Aburdist humor is the hallmark of this pseudo-scientific description of biting, chewing, swallowing, and digesting food. The on-screen narrator ... See full summary »

Director:

Felix E. Feist
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Short | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Humorist Robert Benchley illustrates the fine points of attending an American football game.

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Robert Benchley, Eddie Acuff, Ernie Alexander
How to Behave (1936)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ripley
Stars: Robert Benchley, James P. Burtis, James Flavin
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a new dog owner decides on which dog to buy at the pet store, this short soon becomes a lesson in how NOT to train a dog.

Director: Arthur Ripley
Stars: Robert Benchley
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

As he is now working on his income tax, Joe Doakes conducts the latest in his series of "how to" lectures, this time on income tax. He provides a general overview on the theory behind the ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Robert Benchley
How to Vote (1936)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A candidate has laryngitis, so his assistant must make a speech in his place. Both the speaker and his audience are soon befuddled.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Robert Benchley, Billy Bletcher, Jules Cowles
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A zoology professor gives a lecture on the title subject. He tells the audience that there is a newt in a tank of water seen on a table. The tank is filled with what looks like seaweed, and... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Robert Benchley, Jacques Lory
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Benchley ... Joe Doakes
Edit

Storyline

A brief, illustrated lecture on digestion. Aburdist humor is the hallmark of this pseudo-scientific description of biting, chewing, swallowing, and digesting food. The on-screen narrator begins with teeth, "little sentinels" as he calls them, and the tongue. Then it's on to the stomach: he describes the stomach's workings as if it were an office or a factory. He uses an illustration of the side view of a human torso, with mouth, esophagus, and stomach visible, saying it's a photograph of a man with a visible digestive tract. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Lesser Short
2 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Romance of Digestion, The (1937)

** (out of 4)

Robert Benchley short from MGM has him explaining to the viewer how food is digested. He starts out with a brief chat about the teeth, the tongue and then the digestive process, which is told in a clear manor. I really didn't care too much for this short but I did have to chuckle when thinking about going to see a movie in 1937 and this thing coming on. I'm not sure crowds were demanding this type of entertainment but they got it anyways. The film is mildly entertaining in hearing Benchley discuss this stuff but overall it's just way too dry to be funny or charming.


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed