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17 February 1930 (USA) See more »
One evening, a lovely young woman stops to see what's wrong with a news boy who's stretched out on a park bench... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Edgar Bergen ... Doctor Bruce Langdon
Christina Graver ... Nurse Virginia Morris
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Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie McCarthy (uncredited)

Directed by
Murray Roth 

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Warner Bros. (1930) (USA) (theatrical) (as The Vitaphone Corporation)
  • Warner Home Video (2012) (USA) (DVD) (included in the "Vitaphone Varieties Volume Two" collection)

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Also Known As:
"Edgar Bergen in 'The Operation'" - USA (alternative title)
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10 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone)

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Vitaphone production reel #947See more »


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The First Bergen/McCarthy, 31 August 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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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