Curious Contests (1950)

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This Pete Smith Specialty shows newsreel footage events that live up to the title. They include, among others, a diaper derby (the father who puts a diaper on his child fastest wins), a ... See full summary »


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10 July 2013 | MartinHafer
| What am I missing?!
I've seen quite a few Pete Smith shorts and I really cannot understand the appeal of them. MGM made a bunch and the reviews on IMDb are mostly positive but I keep wondering why. The films, to me, just aren't very good and not in the least bit entertaining. What am I missing?! All I know is that I haven't seen one yet that entertained me or made me laugh.

"Curious Contests" consists of lots of old clips from various odd sports. While these clips play, Smith makes a variety of comments that HE thinks are clever...unfortunately, they aren't. Additionally, for added fun(?), they sometimes run the clips forward and backward...not clever and something only little kids might enjoy. Overall, a tired set of old clips complete with annoying narration.

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11 November 1950



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