27 August 2013 | MartinHafer
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!!!