This short starts out as a visit to a sound stage to see Pete Smith make one of his short films. When production delays occur, Smith visits other sound stages on the lot to see what else is being filmed. The audience gets to see a sleight-of-hand artist practicing his craft, a 3-year-old girl with a perfect sense of balance, and Lena Horne singing in a bathtub.Written by
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Studio Visit is worth a look for Lena Horne's deleted bathtub number from Cabin in the Sky
This Pete Smith Specialties short, Studio Visit, is an extra on the DVD of Cabin in the Sky. In between Louis Zingone displaying his sleight-of-hand peanut shell game and a little girl named Helen Sue Goldy displaying her balancing act with her father while eating an apple, we get a deleted scene from aforementioned movie of Lena Horne, while washing herself in a bathtub filled with bubbles covering her naked body, singing "Ain't It the Truth". While I can guess why it was edited out, I'm now wondering why it managed to get a showing in this short three years later and also why they didn't also show Louis Armstrong performing his own version, that is now lost, in the same film. So on that note, Studio Visit is an interesting curio for Horne fans. P.S. There's also a running gag of a crew member trying to put a kerosene lamp on a hanging wire that provides the short's finish.
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