Oh, My Operation (1931)

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George is taken to the hospital in mistake for an accident victim. After his needless operation, he meets Nurse Gracie, who adds insanity to injury.



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The New Patient (as Burns)
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George is taken to the hospital in mistake for an accident victim. After his needless operation, he meets Nurse Gracie, who adds insanity to injury. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Short | Comedy





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24 December 1931 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The hospital setting was a new twist, but the bulk of the dialogue in this short was lifted from a Burns & Allen vaudeville routine called "Dizzy." See more »

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Burns and Allen are most hilarious in Oh, My Operation
8 July 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

A millionaire faints on the street. George comes through the crowd to try to revive him. A couple of men takes George away mistaking him for a patient which was supposed to be the man who fainted! At the hospital, we see nurse Gracie mentioning to the head nurse that she cut her finger with soup. "You cut you finger with soup?" asks the head nurse. "Yes, I had trouble opening the can." replies Gracie. George then comes in with the doctors exclaiming, "I'm not dead!" Fade in to scene after operation, the doctor declaring, "Well, if he lives, the operation was a failure." Then the doctors back off as we find George eating dinner which is soon taken away from him. He then asks his doctor what he was operated for. "To find if you needed an operation." "Supposing the man dies?" "Well, if the man dies, then we know we made a mistake." "Well, that makes me feel better, I was worried for a minute there." Nurse Gracie checks up on George and we get some nonsense lines like: "A woman had triplets one day and then she had twins." "And then she had twins?" "Yes, one of the triplets died." It goes on like this before Gracie then mentions a twin sister who was born in Septober while Gracie was born in Octember. "Ask me when I was born." "When were you born?" "In Remember!" Then Gracie's twin sister nurse-who looks nothing like Gracie-comes to have lunch as they leave George alone. Two other patients in the same room mentions troubles with George's doctor: One had gloves left in his neck, the other had scissors in his ear. Then that doctor comes in, looks around, and then asks, "Has anyone seen my umbrella?" resulting in George gasping as we fade out. These are some of the most hilarious one-liners I've heard yet from the Burns and Allen team in their third year in the movies. By all means, if you're a die-hard George and Gracie fan, seek this one out!

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