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Pure Feud (1934)

Approved  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  21 April 1934 (USA)
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Edgar Appletree and his sister arrive at a mountain resort for a rest cure, only to find themselves in the midst of a shooting war between the McCarthys and their neighbors.



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Complete credited cast:
Edgar Bergen ...
Edgar Albert Appletree
Charlie McCarthy ...
Vicki Cummings ...
Edgar's Sister
Valerie Bergere ...
Ma McCarthy


On his doctor's orders, Edgar Appletree and his sister are staying at a quiet country cabin so that Edgar can relax and calm his nerves. Upon their arrival however, they are greeted with a barrage of gunfire. Edgar learns from a boy named Charlie McCarthy that that gunfire is the result of a longstanding feud between the neighboring McCarthy and Jenkins families. Edgar also learns one interesting fact of the feud: that the warring sides stop and have meals together in part to count how many McCarthy and how many Jenkins are left. As Edgar and his sister have lunch with the clans, they learn more about Charlie, specifically his atrocious academic record and his infatuation with an Appletree of the female variety. Written by Huggo

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21 April 1934 (USA)  »

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Vitaphone production reel #1638 See more »


Edgar Albert Appletree: Do you mean to tell me that you cease hostilities just to partake in nourishment?
Charlie McCarthy: No, we stop shooting to eat.
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Reuben and Rachel
aka "Reuben, Reuben, I've Been Thinking"
Played during the opening credits
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Hillbilly Humor
17 April 2006 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A VITAPHONE Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy Short Subject.

It's a PURE FEUD carried out between the McCarthys and the Jenkins into which city boy Edgar Appleby inadvertently stumbles .

This was one of a series of short films highlighting the remarkable talent of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. His wisecracking dummy, Charlie McCarthy, effortlessly steals the show. Movie mavens will recognize Shemp Howard as one of the McCarthy kin.


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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