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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.


Will Jason


Harry Parke (as Parkyakarkus), Joe Ansen
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ... 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) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (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: This unhappy little man can't see the screen because he's behind a mountain of millinery. Once in a while he takes a peek just to be sure he's missing something.
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A humorous look at pesky movie goers
1 August 1999 | by DelphianSee all my reviews

Set in a theater, the witty narrator describes several "pests" at the movie and how they manage to annoy the rest of us who are there to enjoy the film. From the habitual seat-changer to the woman with the huge hat, this short covers all the things that annoy us at the theater. Especially funny is the woman who "frees her dogs" by taking her shoes off and then losing one. She then proceeds to crawl around the whole theater in search of missing show, interrupting everyone as she does so.

I have often sat through movies thoroughly annoyed by fellow patrons, as I'm sure we all have. That's what makes this short so great! It is something everyone can identify with. If only they would show it occasionally before the feature film - maybe then some "movie pests" would get the idea and behave themselves in a more dignified manner.

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