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Studio Visit (1946)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Music | 11 May 1946 (USA)

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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."
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Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice) (as a Smith named Pete)
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Storyline

This short starts out as a visit to a sound stage to see Pete Smith make one of his short films. When production delays occur, Smith visits other sound stages on the lot to see what else is being filmed. The audience gets to see a sleight-of-hand artist practicing his craft, a 3-year-old girl with a perfect sense of balance, and Lena Horne singing in a bathtub. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Short | Comedy | Music

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1946 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene showing Lena Horne singing "Ain't It the Truth" while taking a bath was filmed for Cabin in the Sky (1943), but cut before release See more »

Crazy Credits

Narrator Pete Smith identifies all the remaining credited performers. See more »

Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.6 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't It the Truth
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Lena Horne
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Behind Studio Doors
7 November 2005 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

An MGM PETE SMITH SPECIALITY Short Subject

Narrator Pete Smith takes the viewer on a tour of a few of the more unusual things to see during a behind-the-scenes STUDIO VISIT.

What gets to be seen is slight-of-hand master Louis Zingone at work; beautiful Lena Horne singing in a bathtub; and remarkable Helen Sue Goldy, aged three, who exhibits her amazing sense of balance.

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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