This short looks at the following questions: How would you act as an expectant father?; How many greeting cards are sold in the USA each year?; Why do radiators make that pounding noise?; Why do animals yawn?
This short asks the question, "have you ever wondered" about certain situations. The first situation is being the expectant father in a maternity waiting room. Is there any way for the expectant father to be calm and collected upon hearing the news? The second situation is the greeting card business and if there is indeed a card for all occasions. The third situation is a man in the hospital recovering from a bad case of the nerves. What would happen if the radiator in his hospital room constantly knocked? And the fourth and final situation is a man applying for a job who is being interviewed by a sleepy yawning man. Will the yawning be contagious and if so will it affect the applicant getting the position?Written by
I am not particularly a fan of the Pete Smith films.
Pete Smith ran a unit at MGM that made short films. He produced, narrated and plastered his name on the films. The films were apparently very popular, as they made a ton of them (actually, about 200). Two won Oscars--so, they were good for the day. However, I must admit up front that I just don't like them! I've seen several dozen and a few I liked mildly--most I hated. I think it's because Smith's narration was really campy and full of what he thought were clever jokes and witticisms. I thought they were just dopey!
As for "Did'ja Know?", it's better than most I've seen--though this is hardly a rousing endorsement. Like many of the later 'Pete Smith Specialties', it stars Dave O'Brien and is narrated, once again, by Smith. The film begins with O'Brien being a very cool and relaxed father in the waiting room at the Obstetrics unit. However, when he learns he's had a son, he falls to pieces*. However, the film really isn't about having babies---as in subsequent scenes O'Brien is a patient dealing with loud annoyances. As usual, the commentary by Smith is occasionally annoying and there are a few laughs--small ones.
Perhaps if you see this you'll like it. I noticed that some of the other reviews were pretty favorable. I just felt it was campy and old fashioned at best.
*By the way, don't watch this film with a mother. When the film talks about how tough it is for FATHERS at the birth of a child, this mother is bound to give you an ear full!!!
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