Badminton (1945)

  |  Short, Sport

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Two expert badminton players demonstrate how the best play the game, including some slick trick shots. Meanwhile, befuddled bungler Bellamy B. Birdbrain bumbles his way through building a backyard badminton court.


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1 June 2020 | boblipton
| Ben Blue Gets the Birdie
A Smith called Pete offers the audience a look at badminton in the person of two of the contemporary leading players playing a match, with Ben Blue as a hapless home owner trying to build a badminton court. The players offer what looks like a well played and interesting match -- assuming you're interested in badminton, which I'm not -- and Ben Blue runs through some physical humor gags. He was highly esteemed by MGM, which kept putting him in movies as the hero's sidekick. I think he's mediocre.

Pete, of course, offers his usually mixture of snarky and admiring comments, which I enjoyed. For some reason, this Pete Smith Special only turns up as part of the short feature, THE GREAT MORGAN. Since a lot of that movie is made out of out takes from other movies, perhaps this was a Smith piece that wasn't released.

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