The Nickelette (1932)

  |  Short, Comedy

This short humorously recreates the experience of going to a nickelodeon during the silent film era, using footage of silent films and sarcastic narration.


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17 May 2010 | boblipton
| Wasted Money
This is another of those we're-so-modern short subjects made during this period, showing how foolish silent movies were. Unlike the series of "Goofy Movies" at MGM, however, it lacks good writing and Pete Smith's snarky delivery of benshi-style, sarcastic narration cut-up of silent movies.

Some times these movies are of interest because they contain the only known survivals of otherwise lost early silent pictures -- Annette Kellerman is one of them. Presumably they might have raided what was left of the Vitagraph vaults for this one, but it looks like more of a Sennett piece. Perhaps someone will identify the original, which would be of more interest to me than this awful short.


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24 September 1932



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