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The Operation (1930)

One evening, a lovely young woman stops to see what's wrong with a news boy who's stretched out on a park bench. A dapper gentleman stops as well. The boy, aged 11, is Charlie McCarthy, and... See full summary »

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Doctor Bruce Langdon
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One evening, a lovely young woman stops to see what's wrong with a news boy who's stretched out on a park bench. A dapper gentleman stops as well. The boy, aged 11, is Charlie McCarthy, and the man proves to be a doctor. The woman, fortuitously, is a nurse who keeps a thermometer in the top of her stocking. Charlie's running a fever, so the pair take him to the doctor's office. After giving the lad an exam and a dose of silver nitrate, Dr. Langdon decides a tonsillectomy may be needed; Charlie dictates his last will and Nurse Morris prepares the anesthesia. While Charlie is under, the doctor and the nurse get better acquainted. Does everything come out okay? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 February 1930 (USA)  »

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Edgar Bergen in 'The Operation'  »

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(Vitaphone)

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) See more »

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The First Bergen/McCarthy
31 August 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Operation, The (1930)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Better than average Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy short is actually the first film for the ventriloquist. In the film Bergen plays a doctor who comes across a kid (Charlie) suffering from some illness so he takes him back to his office for an operation. The entire set-up is pretty straight-forward and simple but we actually get a couple nice laughs. I'm not the biggest fan of the duo but I found this here to be one of the most pleasant films I've seen with them. I think a lot of this has to do with some nice one-liners from McCarthy and most of them are aimed at the sexy nurse played by Christina Graver. The scene on the park bench when McCarthy throws off some more sexual-natured jokes was clearly the highlight. As with a lot of these shorts, the material runs pretty thin as the running time moves along but if you're a fan then you'll want to check this out. I'm sure others will be hit and miss depending on your sense of humor.


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