Crime Control (1941) **

A rare return at Paramount to the old 'illustrated lecture' format more typical of Benchley's MGM shorts.
Benchley appears in police uniform, reporting on malicious, so-called inanimate objects, such as the handkerchiefs that begin a night's sleep in the pyjama pocket but which have somehow migrated to the bottom of the bed by the time they are needed. Not one of his very best, but there's a very funny demonstration of how newspapers deliberately resist all attempts to read them on an open-top bus: “Now this man is obviously going about it in the wrong way. He's trying to turn to page seven. The newspaper knows he's trying to turn to page seven. He'll have a long grey beard before he gets to page seven this way. He should make the newspaper think that he wants to turn to page fourteen.”