• Short Summary

    Robert Benchley, American humorist, gives a humorous explanation of the depression.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown

    Title reads: "Pathe Topics. Robert Benchley - 'The Causes of The Depression'."
    Introductory intertitle reads: "Editor's Note: Mr Benchley first expounded his interesting theory in December 1931, and as it remains the clearest and most searching analysis of the situation yet made we reissue it." "As an introduction we present several famous exponents of the 'prosperity just around the corner' school of thought, so popular during those early troubled years."

    United States of America.

    Intertitle reads: "Senator Fess - August 1930". Senator Fess says that the country should be glad to have such 'a mastermind' as President Herbert C Hoover.

    Intertitle reads: "Charles M Schwab - October 1931". Schwab says that the steel industry has turned the corner and will have an upward progress.

    Intertitle reads: "Roger Babson - famous statistical expert - May 1931". Babson says business has been going through a steady improvement and has turned the corner.

    Intertitle reads: "Mr Benchley". Robert Benchley (American Humorist, critic and parodist). Benchley, sitting at a desk surrounded by charts and papers gives a witty little parody of the people predicting the end of the depression and explaining its causes. It is also an interesting note on how statistics can be used to confuse.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:56:59:00 / 02:01:48:00
    UN 131 D

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