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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
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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