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A chef helps a housewife cook a duck dinner that will not give her husband indigestion.



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John Xavier Omsk suffers from chronic indigestion because of his wife's cooking until a mysterious chef magically appears in her kitchen and helps by preparing a duck dinner for her long-suffering husband, who is now free to throw away his can of bicarbonate of soda. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Release Date:

23 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


(2-Strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Narrator: [laconically] Here's a quick way to dice the celery - the object being to do it without cutting off more than three or four fingers.
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Kitchen Magician
6 September 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An MGM PETE SMITH Short Subject.

A very silly housewife receives help with her dinner MENU - and a cure for her hubby's upset tummy - when a chef magically arrives in her kitchen.

This fanciful little film is an enjoyable bit of early Technicolor fluff. The practical demonstrations, mixed up with the gentle humor, serve up a most pleasing result - almost as appetizing as the roast duck & baked apples. Movie mavens will recognize Franklin Pangborn as the dyspeptic husband, Una Merkel as his featherbrained wife, and Luis Alberni as the remarkable chef, all uncredited.

Off-the-wall narrator Pete Smith would produce a reworked version of this story - with Oscar winning results - four years later in PENNY WISDOM (1937).

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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