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The Pete Smith Specialties are a series of short subject films produced by Pete Smith for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from the 1930s to the 1950s. Over 150 shorts were produced, winning two Oscars for Live Action Short Film. The shorts were comedic and about a wide variety of subjects.

The shorts often pop up between movies on Turner Classic Movies.

Shorts with Pages


  • Camera Tricks: A few of the Pete Smith films concentrated on then-novel camera tricks. Audioscopiks demonstrated 3-D technology; it may have been the first commercially exhibited 3-D movie. Quicker 'n a Wink demonstrated high-speed stroboscopic photography.
  • Documentary: A lot of the shorts are non-fiction, more or less.
  • Long Runner: The series ran from the 1930s to the 1950s.
  • Narrator: The shorts typically contain no dialogue, and are narrated by Pete Smith himself, with a distinctive sarcastic style and nasal tone.