8 November 2013 | MartinHafer
Should I even watch this one?
Maybe I am not the best person to watch and review this Pete Smith film because I so rarely enjoy them. While they did make a few really good ones, often Smith's narration comes off as annoying, heavy-handed and, well,...annoying! Is this one any better? And, should I keep torturing myself by watching them?
In this installment, Dave O'Brien once again acts in the short as Smith makes mostly inane comments. It's a shame, as sometimes the film is pretty funny (I loved the cigarette lighter bit). However, in others instead of real humor, Smith (who supervised all the films) inserted LOTS and LOTS of annoying and supposedly funny sound effects. This makes the film come off as very broad and irritating--so annoying even little kids would probably groan at them. Without Smith narrating and the dumb sound effects, the film would have been much more watchable. But, as it is, it's watchable but grating.
If you are interested in seeing this one, it's included as a special feature on the disc for "The Pirate". However, considering I thought "The Pirate" was one of the worst big-budget MGM musicals of the 1940s, I am not sure it's worth the effort.