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Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002)

This documentary on the history of short subjects was first shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable network. It surveys the genre from the beginning of the movies in the 1890's, when... See full summary »

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This documentary on the history of short subjects was first shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable network. It surveys the genre from the beginning of the movies in the 1890's, when all movies were shorts, through the 1950's, when short subjects virtually disappeared from theaters. Several series of shorts are highlighted, including the The Three Stooges, Joe McDoakes, Robert Benchley, the Pete Smith Specialties, John Nesbitt's Passing Parade, and the Dogville comedies. Animated short films are given short shrift. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Included as a bonus feature in Warner Home Video's 2006 2-disc DVD release "TCM Archives - Laurel and Hardy Collection". See more »

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pretty good stuff
20 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Of course a documentary about short subject films can only skim the topic--and that is the biggest reason the film only gets a 7. It's a well-made film for TCM but so many important things are just too quickly glossed over. I could easily have seen this made into a series instead of one show. In particular, I would have loved to have seen more emphasis on the short comedies--and this COULD make up an entire documentary by itself or a series of documentaries. Also, some shorts such as travelogues and early appearances by later stars might have been handled but weren't. I'm not complaining about what this is--it is done well. It's just that too much can't be crammed into a single documentary.


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