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Believe It or Not #4 (1930)

At the request of a television experimenter who needed items to broadcast, Robert L. Ripley states unsubstantiated oddities including that a Spanish lady had her husband's portrait tattooed... See full summary »


Arthur Hurley (uncredited)


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Complete credited cast:
Robert L. Ripley ... Himself - the Host (as Mr. Ripley)
Francis A. Burdette Francis A. Burdette ... Himself - the Blind House Builder
Carl Vaughan Carl Vaughan ... Himself - Former Amateur Pocket Billiards Champion


At the request of a television experimenter who needed items to broadcast, Robert L. Ripley states unsubstantiated oddities including that a Spanish lady had her husband's portrait tattooed on her tongue as penance for nagging him to death. He also shows a house and the blind man who built it by himself in Wayne, New Jersey. The longest word in the world (184 letters, from a work by Aristophanes), is written on a blackboard and pronounced and translated by a professor. There are animated sequences of a rifle fish, which shoots at flying insects for food, and how a strange home run was hit in 1890, when the ball bounced off the outfielder's head and over the fence. Ripley demonstrates his skill as an artist by drawing several items, such as a Chinese man who had fingernails 22.75 inches long. Finally, in the most amazing sequence, Ripley introduces Carl Vaughan, who demonstrates how he picks up 12 pocket billiard balls with one hand and without touching the table or the balls with any ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Release Date:

5 September 1930 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Brunswick)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #1067 See more »

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The host is called Mr. Ripley by the television experimenter. Ripley introduces Francis A. Burdette and Carl Vaughan orally. See more »


Follows Believe It or Not #3 (1930) See more »

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4 November 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Believe It or Not #4 (1930)

** (out of 4)

Robert L. Ripley is back with more stories of the strange, weird and unbelievable. Stories in this fourth edition include a blind man who built a two-story house, a toothless man saying the biggest word in the vocabulary (184 letters) and a woman who tattooed her husband's picture on her tongue. This is the weakest of the first four shorts in the series because a lot of the stories are either animation or drawn on a board. The longest word is done live but it's hard to understand what the word is or its meaning. Another story includes a 1890 baseball play where a batter hit the ball, which wasn't a home run until it hit the outfielders head and bounced over the wall. Jose Canseco would do this nearly one-hundred years later of course. The best thing we get to see is a man who has such large hands that he can pick up 12-pool balls with one hand.

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