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One Got Fat (1963)

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This bicycle-safety film shows children what can happen when bicycles are driven carelessly and recklessly.


William Dale Jennings (as Dale Jennings)


William Dale Jennings (script) (as Dale Jennings)




Complete credited cast:
Ralph Hulett Jr. Ralph Hulett Jr. ... Mossby Pomegranate
Charles Hagens Charles Hagens
Dick Hutto Dick Hutto
Don Moody Don Moody
Clyde L. Johnson Clyde L. Johnson
Kevin Lindsay Kevin Lindsay
Janice Powell Janice Powell
Diane Chambers Diane Chambers
Dave Hembree Dave Hembree
Dan Whitehead Dan Whitehead
Lucie Hagens Lucie Hagens
Shirley Hulett Shirley Hulett ... Blonde Pedestrian
Colleen Hutto Colleen Hutto
Edward Everett Horton ... Himself - Narrator (voice)


Ten youth, all close friends, decide to cycle to a park nine blocks away to have a picnic lunch. As they proceed on their journey, they have to remember and pay attention to the many aspects of being a responsible cyclist and bicycle owner. These aspects include using correct hand signals to signify cycling intention, obeying traffic signs and signals, keeping to the correct side of the street, registering one's bicycle by licensing it, riding one person to a bicycle, not riding on sidewalks where prohibited and yielding to pedestrians wherever riding on sidewalks is allowed, keeping one's bicycle in good working order by having it tuned whenever required, and having lights and/or reflectors for dark situations which includes riding through unlit tunnels during the day. Acting the responsible human or the irresponsible "monkey" will affect who of the ten will arrive safely if at all to the park for the picnic. Written by Huggo

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Filming Locations:

La Crescenta, California, USA See more »

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Interlude Films (I) See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening car crash sound effects from Signal 30 (1959) are copied for when the last monkey is hit by a car in the dark. See more »


Featured in Off the Air: Death (2014) See more »


Bicycle Ride
Music by William Loose, Jack Cookerly, and Emil Cadkin
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What a weirdo
1 March 2004 | by ethylesterSee all my reviews

YES, this film is wacko. The kids have weird names like Rooty Toot. Their ape masks look cheap, but where in the world would you find such a great looking monkey mask today without getting skin cancer? That was no ordinary mask!

The title "one got fat" refers to Orv, the hero of the film who is "not a monkey" and knows all about bike safety, unlike the other children who are all killed (!), injured or left behind somehow because of their negligence. See, Orv was the boy carrying everybody's sack lunches in his bike basket to go to the park for a picnic. One all his cycle mates are... removed... he gets everyone's lunch! Hence - "one got fat".

If you watch closely, before each child gets hit by a car or what have you, the mask suddenly grows giant eyeballs that bulge out of their sockets in horror.

So kids, remember:

1) License your bike or you'll be afoot and your shoes will smolder from running alongside your biking friends.

2) Use reflectors and lights, especially when you ride through a highway tunnel. You are liable to get smashed head-on by oncoming traffic in the pitch black!

3) Ride on the right side of the road or you might flip yourself over a car pulling out of a parking space.

4) Keep your mind on riding and watch the traffic signs or you might miss a stop sign and smash into a semi truck that is crossing the road.

5) Use your hand signals or you might get run over.

6) Don't ride on the sidewalk or you might run over a couple of housewives carrying groceries who end up in a tree.

7) Don't ride double or you'll fall down a manhole into the sewer - bike and all!

8) Tune up your bike or your brakes might fail unexpectedly and force you to be squashed by the oncoming steamroller!

If you do all these things, you might also get fat though, because you will be forced to eat the lunches of all your dead or hospitalized friends.

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