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See Your Doctor (1939)

A lecturer tells the audience that it is National Take Care Week. He tells the story of a man who gets stung in his garden and the problems the man has when he seeks treatment at the doctor's office.


Basil Wrangell


Robert Benchley, Harry Parke (as Parkyakarkus)

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Robert Benchley ... Lecturer / Joseph H. Doakes


A lecturer tells us that it's National Take Care Week, but take care of what? Probably your health, he surmises. Cut to Joe Doakes' household: he's been outside in the garden when a bee stings him. His brother-in-law, a worrier, thinks maybe it was a black widow spider, and he insists that Joe rush to see a physician. At the clinic, a nurse takes a long time filling out the forms and the doctor is tied up talking on the phone to a child. When the doctor finally examines Joe's hand, will it be too late? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

16 December 1939 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Benchley Gets Stung
18 June 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

According to Robert Benchley's introduction, it's national "Take Care Week" and time to take care of your health. Something bites Mr. Benchley (as Joseph H. Doakes) while he's gardening. Benchley thinks it's a common bee sting, but cigarette smoking brother-in-law Hobart Cavanaugh believes it might be a deadly black widow spider bite. The panicky men leave wife Helen MacKellar (as Mabel) home and rush to see doctor Monty Woolley. After getting off the telephone, Mr. Woolley calmly suggests, if he survives the sting, Benchley should have to have his tonsils taken out. Ouch…

**** See Your Doctor (12/16/39) Basil Wrangell ~ Robert Benchley, Hobart Cavanaugh, Monty Woolley, Claire Du Brey

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