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Now You're Talking (1927)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Short

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Bell Telephone instructional film shows how - and how not - to treat your upright desk telephone set. Don't wiggle the hook excessively, don't tangle the cord, keep away from water, etc.





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An anxious and harried businessman becomes frustrated during a telephone call, and slams down the telephone on his desk. He then begins to doze off, and he dreams about his telephone being taken away in an ambulance, and rushed to a doctor. In the dream, the telephone begins to tell the doctor about all the ways in which it has been misused. Written by Snow Leopard

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Tale of the Upright Telephone  »

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(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

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1.33 : 1
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One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the Library of Congress (from the AFI/Donald Nicol and AFI/Ahti Pataja collections), has a running time of 9 minutes and an added piano music score. See more »

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More fun than finding a dollar bill in the street!
2 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Told from inside the brain of a man who seems quite cartoonish even in the live action scenes, a the anthropomorphic cartoon incarnation of the man's candlestick telephone ends up in hospital from all the abuse he gives it.

With the exception of an unfortunate racist caricature (the black zookeeper) there is nothing about this film I don't like. The production values are good, the woe-begotten phone is an empathetic creature, and the various aspects of the technology - the man struggling to remember the number he's dialing and holding the phone away to his chest when he talks - do evoke similar problems in the cell phone age (as the previous commenter noted, this film does have a strikingly modern feel). In fact, one line in the cue-card dialog bears a striking resemblance to a certain telephone commercial. Can you guess which one? Check your answer at archive.org, where the film (which they affirm is in the public domain) can be downloaded for free. Now all I have to do is find a song that syncs to it.

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