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I've searched the net to no avail: I'm looking for the name of the films:
classic movie short series, black and white, U.S., had a great male narration, no dialogue, and the actor was a comedian, good looking with a toupe. They would do "how to" films and the narrator would say things like, "well, there he goes again" and the actor would fall or something .... any idea?

Dave O\'Brien
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Hi Jan,

Thanks for your question.  Yes,..I know exactly which "shorts" you're looking for.  I remember seeing them as a kid when I went to the local theater on a Saturday morning.  TWO movies, an hour of cartoons, and a comedy short.  The ones you're looking for are the Pete Smith Specialties made at MGM Studios, starring Dave O'Brien, and narrated by Pete himself.  ( Dave also appeared in many other films at MGM and other studios.)
At the time, I didn't care too much for them, because I couldn't see the humor in all the unbelievable ( and dangerous) situations Dave would get into:...although allthe other kids were laughing hysterically over them.
You can get all the info on them, and a complete list if you go to:,....and type in .."Pete Smith Shorts" or "Pete Smith Specialties".
The click on the sites at the top of the list for  'IMDB',... and 'Wikipedia'.
(  And,  I believe some of the shorts may be on )

Jim K.

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Questions on classic films of the late 30's, 40's and 50's, especially the musicals.


Started going to films with my parents when I was two,..and when growing up..I usually saw 4 movies a week! I especially loved the musicals.

BA in "Speech and Drama" San Jose State Univ. MFA in "Theatre Arts/Acting" tanford Univ.

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