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Water Wisdom (1943)

Approved | | Short | 27 November 1943 (USA)
This Pete Smith Specialty shows water-safety and life-saving techniques taught by the American Red Cross to advanced swimmers.


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Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)


A look at the advanced water safety techniques taught by the American Red Cross, with comic interludes included of an ancient Roman who attempts to save a drowning man. The Red Cross techniques are demonstrated by a combination of underwater and surface footage, and most demonstrate the defensive posture of the rescuer, who must guard against the terrified victim pulling him or her under. Several of the vignettes include a male in trouble and a female rescuer. The narration, except for the Roman interludes, is straightforward. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

27 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Silver Springs, Florida, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Various life saving techniques taught by The American Red Cross...
12 July 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This Pete Smith specialty combines a bit of humor with a display of life saving techniques taught by the American Red Cross aimed at saving the lives of swimmers in distress.

There are so many different rescue techniques and all of them are photographed from an underwater viewpoint that shows the arm and leg movements involved.

Neatest of all is the man who uses a paddle stroke on a board that takes him quickly to the side of the swimmer needing rescue and enables him to flip the victim onto the board and back to safety.

The humor involves a man in a toga who takes forever to remove his garments to make a rescue and the shallow water bit as a final joke.

Typical Pete Smith stuff, but not especially noteworthy.

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