Number Five in the series consists of "Whataphony Newsreel", featuring a thirty-year-old automobile that still works, a plane that flies itself, and race car drivers. Also, Super Stupid ... See full summary »
As the title says, this is the fifth film in Pete Smith's Goofy Movies series, which is basically an excuse to show silent movie clips with his narration added to tell a fake story. We start off with a fake newsreel showing a 30-year-old automobile that still runs as well as a plane trying to land without a pilot. The "feature" story involves a man trying to marry the woman he loves. Many silent buffs downright hate anything that makes fun of silent movies but I wouldn't go that far. I've seen around half a dozen of these GOOFY MOVIES films and there's no question that they're hit and miss but this one here is without question the worst I've seen and only one of the worst shorts I've seen from this era. There's not a single redeeming factor to this short as it contains one unfunny joke after another and the editing is quite poor as well. I say this because the fake newsreel uses clips from various films and tries to piece the action together. The car starts off from one film but an obviously different car is used later on. The same with the plane. When we see it flying it's one model then when it crashes it's obviously something else. I've always loved Smith's narration but it adds nothing here.