Despite the school just having won an important basketball game, its students are more interested in one of its teachers, namely Charles C. Peterson, who teaches them in the fine art of ... See full summary »
COMBINING SOME SERIOUS instruction with his usual dry and underwhelming wit, Pete Smith brings Billiards expert instructor, Charles C. Peterson before the silver screen and a share of immortality. The one reeler does its best with the 9 minutes it is allotted and does measure up to the quality that the PETE SMITH SPECIALTY Series had come to represent.
THE STORY THAT plays out before our very eyes is done as a sort of contest, or more properly, an exhibition or demonstration. As Mr. Peterson is competing against no one but himself, other than "Homer the Irishman" (a young Doodles Weaver), it is a demonstration.
AND SPEAKING OF the above mentioned Doodles Weaver, his appearance was both a mystery and a delight. It was a mystery because we couldn't place his youthful countenance and a delight because of his unbridled brand of humor; done strictly for laughs (Duh!).
IN THE END, the short succeeds sensationally in accomplishing the mission that it was originally intended; that being to warm up the audience for the coming feature film. It continues to amuse today, even without its having a big picture to support! You got that, Schultz?