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Absorbing Junior (1936)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  9 May 1936 (USA)
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Henry, the Husband
John Berkes ...
Johnnie (as Johnnie Berkes)
Gertrude Mudge ...
Johnnie's Mother-in-Law
Gerrie Worthing ...
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Ken Lundy ...
Junior (as Kenneth Lundy)
Morton Havel ...
Dr. Nova Kane's Assistant
Arthur Havel ...
Dr. Nova Kane
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Avoid Absorbing Junior, it's stinks.
10 December 2010 | by (Culpeper, VA USA) – See all my reviews

I love comedy, I love shorts, and I love comedy shorts. I've seen hundreds made before WWII. But this overlong short is one of the worst I have ever seen. It looks as if it was made by non-professionals who saw an average Three Stooges short and said to themselves, "Ah heck, we can do that!" And then proceeded to make it up as they went along, paused to allow time for laughter (but there was none) and then awkwardly moved on to the next gag. Bad script, bad cast, bad directing, even bad lighting & sound effects! SPOILERS: Shemp is seen in the first scene stealing his nephews piggy bank so he can go bet on the horses. His brother, sister-in-law and his brother's mother-in-law catch him so he schemes to get $2 elsewhere. The kid then needs his tooth pulled so he's sent to the dentist with $2 and guess who has to take him… guess who gets their teeth pulled… guess who the mother-in-law beats up.

Ah, you got ahead of me there. If you've seen similar plots you've seen it done better elsewhere. I vote for you to save your time and go re-watch a Charley Chase, Laurel & Hardy or Three Stooges short again instead of discovering this candidate for the film obliteration society (a club for folks who think not every inch of film should be saved, but that the limited resources for film preservation should be spent on films that move you not bore you to distraction.)


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