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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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Complete credited cast:
Edgar Bergen ... Doctor Bruce Langdon
Christina Graver Christina Graver ... Nurse Virginia Morris


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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Release Date:

17 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Bergen in 'The Operation' See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #947 See more »


Nurse Virginia Morris: Well, I'm so glad you won't have to operate; for, he's such a likable boy. I just love boys.
Doctor Bruce Langdon: Then it excludes a young physician, I'm afraid?
Nurse Virginia Morris: I refuse to answer.
Doctor Bruce Langdon: Why, do you realize, I don't even know your name.
Nurse Virginia Morris: Virginia Morris.
Doctor Bruce Langdon: Oh, Virginia Morris - I didn't think I was going to have such a charming and such a beautiful nurse.
Charlie McCarthy: Apple sauce.
Doctor Bruce Langdon: Really, I think you're very charming.
Nurse Virginia Morris: Oh, Doctor, you flatter me.
Doctor Bruce Langdon: Oh, no, I do.
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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 Michael_ElliottSee 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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