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Believe It or Not (Second Series) #2 (1931)

Ripley shows an aged Japanese statesman, a strange fish with legs, the 'Rubaiyat' in a finger ring, how a house of cards is torn up, and a giant typewriter in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


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Robert L. Ripley ... Himself


Host Robert L. Ripley presents more of life's curiosities. These curiosities include: Takenouchi no Sukune, a modern day Japanese Methuselah who lived to age 308; the walking fish of Java, which as its name describes has legs; a ring that acts as a bookcase containing the smallest book ever printed; an approximately ten foot tall house of playing cards held together only by folds in the cards; a no smoking sign using twenty-two different languages; a small office building designed to look like a dresser drawer; a natural rock formation resembling an Indian head; an eighteen feet tall typewriter; the largest rubber tree in the world; a front yard filled with animal shaped topiaries; and a man who can tear a complete deck of cards into eighths. Written by Huggo

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Documentary | Short







Release Date:

24 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ripley Queeriosities #2 (1931-1932 Season) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #1294. See more »

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Even More from Ripley
5 April 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Believe It or Not (Second Series) #2 (1931)

** (out of 4)

Fair entry in the (second) series has Robert L. Ripley telling us about some strange things from right here in the U.S.. Well, first he tells us about a Japanese man who lived to be over three-hundred years old. When then head back to America where we see the largest house built out of decks of cards. Also on hand is the biggest typewriter in the world, which just happens to be located in Atlantic City and is 18ft. tall. We also get some real visual treats with the best coming at the end when we see a man rip a deck of cards in half with his bare hands only to do it again and again and again until he's ripped them so small that you can only see one small edge. This second entry gets back to the basics as we get some strange stories about some strange people and or places. The film is slightly entertaining, although it's certainly not the best in the series. All of the stories are hit and miss but the film runs a brief seven-minutes and it's worth sitting through just to see the cards being ripped up.

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