A Traveltalks entry with briefs looks at the Painted Desert and San Francisco Peaks en route to the Grand Canyon. Once there, views are majestic from the rim-hugging road and up close from muleback while descending to the Colorado River.
Benchley, a newspaper columnist who writes on issues of etiquette, receives a telephone call from two men working deep in a manhole, they who are arguing about what to do if a woman fell ... See full summary »
James P. Burtis,
This short film provides a brief introduction to Bob Wills and the rise in popularity of his western swing music. Wills and His Texas Playboys perform a handful of songs in various set pieces, including their big hit "San Antonio Rose."
Prudence Cole is an unsophisticated Quaker girl being raised by her two aunts. Prudence is flirted with by snobbish Henry Garrison, who actually disdains the girl for her lack of ... See full summary »
Robert G. Vignola
Three teenagers find a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. They throw away the can and pawn the suitcase. When they read in the papers that the can was full of uncut heroin and belonged... See full summary »
As he is now working on his income tax, Joe Doakes conducts the latest in his series of "how to" lectures, this time on income tax. He provides a general overview on the theory behind the ... See full summary »
A man reads that there is a lecture being given on how to read, which he thinks is absurd. He himself proceeds on providing a lecture on more important aspects of reading. One of those topics is eye strain caused by reading. As an example, a man is about to get ready to read while in bed. The problem becomes how to get into a comfortable position while getting close enough to the bedside table lamp to get enough light as not to strain the eyes. Another example is when one can't get the book close enough to the eyes, such as in a crowd where one has no elbow room. Another topic is reading aloud to another person, which can cause an emotional strain between the two if the listener is not listening to the reader. Another topic is the trouble one can get into when reading while preoccupied with other thoughts, such as fear. He then provides what he considers the perfect situation to read, if only the human factor is not involved.Written by
Another minor entry in MGM's "How to..." series with Robert Benchley. True to form, Benchley sits at his desk and explains the proper ways of reading so that you don't strain your eyes. He tries to explain the proper way of sitting, how far from the light you should be and he also goes into detail about not reading while under stress. If you read under stress we're told you might not pay attention to everything you're reading and we also learn that if your wife reads to you then you better pay full attention or else. If you're familiar with the Robert Benchley series then you know that the comedy is rather dry and at times you'll be wondering if he's telling a joke or being serious about something. You never can fully tell because of the type of humor Benchley has and the way he delivers it. This entire series was always hit and miss with me and this here is one that doesn't work fully. The biggest problem is that some of the jokes are so one-note and exaggerated that it's rather impossible to laugh at them. Just check out the sequence where he's trying to read in bed and sitting in positions that no one in their right mind would do. Of course, this does lead to one of the best jokes and that involves why you shouldn't read big history books in bed.
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