Archive of scripts for Pete Smith short films, 1951-1954: The Camera Caught It, Bandage Bait, and Bargain Madness [Dollar Day]

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1950, 1952. Four Draft scripts for three Pete Smith production shorts "The Camera Caught It" (1954), "Bandage Bait" (1951), and "Bargain Madness" (1951), seen here under the title "Dollar Day".

Collection of scripts for three of Pete Smith's later short productions: "The Camera Caught It," "Bandage Bait," and "Bargain Madness". "Bargain Madness" features a passive aggressive fight between two neighboring housewives who attempt to shop at the same department store sale, "Bandage Bait" a barrage of idiotic ways to injure oneself in various places, and "The Camera Caught It" a humorously-narrated series of unusual acts caught on camera.

Smith produced and narrated over 150 shorts between the 1930s and 1955, beginning his career at MGM as a publicist and moving on to narration when others noticed his knack for comedy. His unmistakable sharp tenor and nasal tone unwittingly became the analog, the voice we expect to hear in all shorts and news reels of the era, and he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1953 for his work.

The Camera Caught It (copy No. 38):

Goldenrod titled wrappers, rubber-stamped copy No. 38, dated 7-9-52, with credits for producer Pete Smith and screenwriter Joe Ansen. Title page integral with the first page of the text, as issued, dated 7-9-50. 22 leaves, with last page of text numbered 21. Mimeograh. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound with two gold brads.

The Camera Caught It (copy No. 6):

Goldenrod titled wrappers, rubber-stamped copy No. 6, dated 7-9-52, with credits for producer Pete Smith and screenwriter Joe Ansen. Title page integral with the first page of the text, as issued, present, dated 7-9-50. 23 leaves, with last page of text numbered 22. Mimeograph duplication, with white revision pages, dated 7-18-52. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound with two gold brads.

Bandage Bait:

Blue titled wrappers, rubber-stamped copy No. 27, dated 6-6-50, with credits for screenwriters David Barclay and Julian Harmon. Title page integral with the first page of the text, as issued, dated 4-18-50. 37 leaves, with last page of text numbered 35. Mimeograph duplication, with white revision pages throughout, dated 4-18-50. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound with two gold brads.

Dollar Day:

Goldenrod titled wrappers, rubber-stamped copy No. 53, dated 4-27-50, with credits for producer Pete Smith and screenwriters Julian Harmon and David Barclay. Title page integral with the first page of the text, as issued, dated 5-18-50. 20 leaves, with last page of text numbered "26-27". Mimeograph duplication, with white revision pages throughout, dated variously between 5-18-50 and 6-19-50. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound with two gold brads.


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