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Let's Talk Turkey (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 28 October 1939 (USA)
It's Thanksgiving. Newlywed husband Abner Poodlebean faces the turkey his wife has prepared: she wants him to carve it at the table in front of her scowling family, and Abner has no idea ... See full summary »

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Max O. Cullen ...
Turkey Carving Expert (as M.O. Cullen)
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It's Thanksgiving. Newlywed husband Abner Poodlebean faces the turkey his wife has prepared: she wants him to carve it at the table in front of her scowling family, and Abner has no idea how to proceed. The film's narrator has us cut away to the kitchen of chef M.O. Cullen who demonstrates the proper way to carve the bird, spoon out the stuffing, and lay out the platter. Back to Abner, who's missed Cullen's lesson, so he makes a fine mess. Can this marriage survive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A pictorial feature on this film, including Pete Smith and Sally Payne, appeared in the December 1939 issue of "Hollywood Screen Life" magazine. See more »

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The narrator introduces turkey carving expert, M. O. Cullen, orally. See more »

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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.11 (1955) See more »

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Waltz #15 in A flat major ('Lullaby'), Op.39
(1865) (uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
In the score for the opening scene
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Where is Dave O'Brien when you need him?...
20 November 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I was expecting a much funnier Pete Smith Specialty short, the kind that usually featured Dave O'Brien and his skillful stunts and comic timing.

At least I was intrigued by the demonstration at the start of how to properly slice a Thanksgiving turkey, cutting it at the right angle and removing sections of bone that are in the way, etc. Fine and dandy.

Then we view the comic aspects of such an undertaking but with little really laughable results. It's all too obvious, having a sour looking table of relatives watch while a man makes mince meat of a turkey by cutting and struggling with it in as messy a way as possible.

The only real chuckles come from watching the expressions on the relative's faces as they accept the plates offered them, especially the bratty looking youngster who gets a piece of turkey skin on his face.

But the script needed a real funny man like Dave O'Brien to show us the wrong way to carve a turkey. He'd probably add additional funny stunts to the script. Then at least we'd have some genuine chuckles.

Instead, we have one of the weaker entries in the Pete Smith series.


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