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Fancy Answers (1941)

Approved | | Short | 1 November 1941 (USA)
In this Pete Smith Speciality, the audience is asked a series of multiple-choice questions on various subjects.


Basil Wrangell


Joe Ansen (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Cristiani Family ... Themselves (as The Cristiani Brothers)


This short tests the viewer's knowledge of basic facts. After the question is presented verbally and through visuals, the viewer has ten to fifteen seconds to choose from the multiple choices before the answer is provided. The questions have to do with the American flag, terms used to describe "half", words that rhyme with itch, different types of swimming attire, the proper way to lift certain animals, terms to describe different types of sounds, the true coloration of a zebra, and royal etiquette. Written by Huggo

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Ava Gardner's first film appearance in an MGM short...
22 March 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Interesting to spot AVA GARDNER before her build-up at MGM as a major star, getting to appear fleetingly in a studio short subject subjecting the audience to a quiz in this trifle called FANCY ANSWERS. She's on camera for a couple of brief occasions looking very pretty but it's strictly a bit part with no dialog.

The quiz is a Pete Smith Specialty that poses about ten questions and gives the viewing audience ten seconds to answer each one. All the questions are on the silly side--nothing intellectual here--such as "Are there more red stripes than white stripes on the American flag?" and "Is the Zebra a white animal with black stripes or a black animal with white stripes?" A running joke concerns a musical term about a note called a demi-semi-hemiquaver and whether a Tahitian garment is called a "sarong" or a "pareu".

Not the most original of all the Pete Smith shorts I've seen, strictly a filler that passes time before the feature begins.

P.S. By the way, the quiz answers are "more red stripes" and "white with black stripes" for anyone curious enough to care. And "pareu" is the correct answer.

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Release Date:

1 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fancy Answers: What's Your I.Q.? - No. 5 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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