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Movie Pests (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 8 July 1944 (USA)
A humorous look at the inconsiderate pests whose annoying habits make enjoying a movie impossible.



(as Parkyakarkus),
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


Complete credited cast:
Himself - Narrator (voice) (as A Smith Named Pete)


This Pete Smith Specialty looks at the annoying types of people we have all come into contact with when going to the movies. They include those who sit down, then take off their coats and scarves; people with aisle seats who stick their feet in the aisle; people who put their knees on the back of your seat; and loud snackers. Smith also fantasizes as to how we would punish such movie-goers. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

8 July 1944 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This short film is included as an extra on the 2007 Warner Home Video DVD of Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944). See more »


Narrator: Imagine such a selfish man asking a lady to remove her hat? Yeah! He should have asked her to remove her head!
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Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »

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Just too lame
13 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

More often than not, shorts are cool. They pick an interesting topic, and maintain a focus that is usually a creative and unique view.

We tend to have low standards for shorts from the the 40's or older. Speaking for myself, just reliving a viewpoint from the past is fun enough, add the usually creative angle the short has, it should be an enjoyable experience.

HOWEVER, this time, Pete Smith missed the boat. The topic could have been interesting enough, but his examples were lame and poorly acted. I can only imagine an audience in 1944 watching this short. If better done, it could have been a hoot to that audience, but I imagine it was a waste of their 11 minutes, as it was mine.

Don't waste your 11 minutes...

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