The Man Around the House (1955)

  |  Short, Comedy

Typical troubles with housework are examined in humorous fashion.


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27 June 2019 | boblipton
| It's So Nice To Have a Pete Smith Short
A Smith called Pete produces and narrates this short about how Dave O'Brien -- who also co-wrote and directed under a different name) -- does various chores about his house, like being struck by furniture he is trying to fix, and swallowing features that light on his car after he waxes it. I should learn to do these things myself, instead of hiring handymen and paying them to maim themselves.

O'Brien -- or Barclay, if you use his writer-director name -- takes some major pratfalls with some good timing.

This would be the last year of Pete Smith's short subjects for MGM. Barclay, or O'Brien (his real name was 'Fromahbarger' if you can believe his IMDb biography page) would end his movie career, which included acting in a lot of westerns and an appearance in Demille's MADAME SATAN as a 'Zeppelin Reveler', which actually makes sense if you've retained any memory of that movie. He would work as a writer for Red Skelton until 1959. Better than running into a tree for a living.

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Short | Comedy


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1 January 1955



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