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Double Talk (1937)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 26 June 1937 (USA)
The wealthy Mrs. Virginia Delaware is at the Bergen Orphanage to choose a child to adopt. Dr. Bergen wants Mrs. Delaware to choose the troublesome Charlie McCarthy if only to get rid of him... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd French

Writers:

Burnet Hershey (story), Jack Henley (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edgar Bergen ... Dr. Bergen
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie McCarthy
Florence Auer ... Mrs. Virginia Delaware
Lynne Carver ... Georgia Maryland (as Virginia Reed)
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Storyline

The wealthy Mrs. Virginia Delaware is at the Bergen Orphanage to choose a child to adopt. Dr. Bergen wants Mrs. Delaware to choose the troublesome Charlie McCarthy if only to get rid of him. Charlie on the other hand, doesn't want Mrs. Delaware to adopt him. The more Charlie tries to make a bad impression, the more the hard of hearing Mrs. Delaware, who mishears everything Charlies says, likes Charlie. But Charlie doesn't know what he may be missing if Mrs. Delaware doesn't adopt him. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1937 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #1991. See more »

Soundtracks

By a Waterfall
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Sung by Edgar Bergen
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Fair Short
25 August 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Double Talk (1937)

** (out of 4)

Fair short has Edgar Bergen running an orphanage for small children. When the wealthy Virginia Delaware (Florence Auer) comes to adopt a kid, Bergen tries to pawn off Charlie McCarthy but the wooden guy has different plans. I'll be honest and admit that I've enjoyed very few of the Bergen-McCarthy shorts. I'm just not a ventriloquist type of guy as I've never found them to be funny and in all honesty I see them more creepy than anything and I think that's why films like MAGIC work the subject better. This entry here isn't the worst but there just aren't enough laughs to make it worth viewing. The one funny sequence has Charlie in the tub being abused by the guy giving him a bath after he has fallen into the trash. We get a few nice one-liners here and another one later when Charlie refers to the rich woman as Frankenstein's bride but outside of these scenes there's not too much comedy. The film remains watchable simply out of the strangeness of the two characters.


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