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Robert Benchley Shorts (30 Shorts 1935 - 1944)

4.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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From the pages of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker to a seat among the wits at the Algonquin Round Table to movie screens nationwide, Robert Benchley cut quite the funny figure. And never more so than in the short subject series the humorist made at MGM from 1935 to 1944, gathered here in a complete - and completely uproarious - 3-Disc Collection of 30 Theatrical Shorts. The writer adopted a common-man persona to investigate and comment on the challenges of daily living and scored the first time out: his debut short How to Sleep won an Academy Award?.* And whether trying to figure income taxes, enjoy a movie, train a dog, take a nap or tackle many other daunting situations, the beloved comic master's foibles have always delighted and influenced generations of funnymen and -women who followed.

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  • Actors: Robert Benchley
  • Directors: Roy Rowland, Felix E. Feist, Nick Grinde, Basil Wrangell, Will Jason
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 267 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003552QWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Here is a list of the titles on the discs for your information. The transfers are crisp, the sound clear and sharp and these 1935 shorts made at MGM are very funny in a Robert Benchley comedic way.

The Robert Benchley - Miniatures Collection Disc 1

* How to Sleep
* How to Behave
* How to Train a Dog
* How to Vote
* How to Be a Detective
* The Romance of DIgestion
* How to Start the day
* A Night at the Movies
* How to Figure Income Tax
* Music Made Simple

The Robert Benchley - Miniatures Collection Disc 2

* An Evening Alone
* How to Raise a Baby
* The Courtship of the Newt
* How to Read
* How to Watch Football
* Opening Day
* Mental Poise
* How to Sub-Let
* An Hour for Lunch
* Dark Magic

The Robert Benchley - Miniatures Collection Disc 3

* Home Early
* How to Eat
* The Day of Rest
* See Your Doctor
* That Inferior Feeling
* Home Movies
* My Tomato
* No News is Good News
* Important Business
* Why Daddy?
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All the MGM Robert Benchley Short Subjects are here. All 30 of them.
If you have a nostalgic memory of sitting in the theatre many years ago, viewing these "gems" of
observation, here you go!(or catching them now and then on TCM today)
Includes a Academy Award Winer for best Short Subject.
For all Benchley fans!
If only TCM would release the Pete Smith Specialities to accompany the Benchley Shorts and the Behind The 8 Ball/Joe McDoakes classics.
Here's hoping!!
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If you are a fan of Robert Benchley's writing, of course you need this to complete your collection, which is why I give this three stars. His humor doesn't quite translate to the screen, probably because these short films by their nature depend a bit more on images than snappy repartee. Many of them are a bit stodgy compared to Benchley's sharp, quick, written humor. So...first step, any anthologies of his humor articles you can find. (Bonus - hysterical illustrations by Gluyas Williams.)Second step, his brilliant theatre reviews. Then, complete your collection with this admittedly rare anthology of shorts.
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Robert Benchley was one of the great American humorists of the 1930s. His shorts were popular additions to the movies shown in the 1930s and 1940s, with commentary and observations on modern life which were popular at the time. Most of his jokes still resonate today, although at times Benchley's delivery leaves something to be desired. A fun set of "miniatures!"
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I've loved Robert Benchley from the first time I saw him on the late show, providing comedy relief in countless movies.
So when his ten minute movie shorts, which delighted moviegoers in the 1930's and 1940's, began running on TCM,
I tried to record them whenever possible.

So you can imagine my delight to find them finally released on this DVD set. Benchley's sly, tongue-in-cheek style is as funny today as it was when these were first filmed. And the subjects are still topical, and some are especially so
(income taxes, political campaigning, etc.)

For those who are not acquainted with Robert Benchley, here is a perfect introduction.
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BOUGHT IT FOR MY MOTHER FOR CHRISTMAS. SHE LOVES IT! I LIKE ROBERT BENCHLEY NOW, THANKS TO MY MOM & TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES PLAYING HIS SHORTS. TO QUOTE TMC (AS BEST I CAN REMEMBER): FIRST OF ALL EACH & EVERY ROBERT BENCHLEY SHORT FILM REQUIRES ROBERT BENCHLEY. "HE IS ONE OF AMERICA'S PREMIER HUMORISTS".

WHAT A FUNNY GUY! HIS WIT & INSIGHT INTO THE "AVERAGE MAN'S TROUBLE WITH EVERYDAY LIFE" STILL STANDS TRUE TODAY! BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL YOU THAT ROBERT BENCHLEY'S ACADEMY AWARD WINNING COMEDIES WILL KEEP YOU LAUGHING!
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ROBERT WAS A CLASSIC HIS SHORTS ARE PRICELESS.
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If you haven't seen any of these (occasionally used as "TCM Extras" on Turner Classic Movies), you're in for a real treat. Benchley's humor is ageless and the absolute epitome of tongue-in-cheek.
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