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Let's Talk Turkey (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 28 October 1939 (USA)
It's Thanksgiving. Newlywed husband Abner Poodlebean faces the turkey his wife has prepared: she wants him to carve it at the table in front of her scowling family, and Abner has no idea ... See full summary »


Felix E. Feist


Thornton Sargent (story), Robert Lees (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Max O. Cullen ... Himself - Turkey Carving Expert (as M.O. Cullen)


It's Thanksgiving. Newlywed husband Abner Poodlebean faces the turkey his wife has prepared: she wants him to carve it at the table in front of her scowling family, and Abner has no idea how to proceed. The film's narrator has us cut away to the kitchen of chef M.O. Cullen who demonstrates the proper way to carve the bird, spoon out the stuffing, and lay out the platter. Back to Abner, who's missed Cullen's lesson, so he makes a fine mess. Can this marriage survive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

28 October 1939 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A pictorial feature on this film, including Pete Smith and Sally Payne, appeared in the December 1939 issue of "Hollywood Screen Life" magazine. See more »

Crazy Credits

The narrator introduces turkey carving expert, M. O. Cullen, orally. See more »


Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.10 (1955) See more »


Waltz #15 in A flat major ('Lullaby'), Op.39
(1865) (uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
In the score for the opening scene
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Smith and His Turkey
27 November 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Let's Talk Turkey (1939)

** (out of 4)

A rather bland Pete Smith short is pretty simple in terms of both execution and story. We have a "turkey carving expert" show us the correct way to carve a turkey so that not as much meat gets thrown away. We then see an average Joe asked by his wife to cut the turkey but of course everything goes wrong as he's nervous, doesn't know what he's doing and of course is given a dull knife. The Pete Smith series from MGM offered countless good films but sadly this here isn't one of them. There's really nothing funny here as the writing is just way too simple and constantly giving us the obvious gags, which the viewer will see coming from a mile away. When you do finally see them, since you expected them, they don't get a single laugh. The sad thing is that a pretty good looking turkey is wasted and not a single laugh comes from it. The first part of the film showing us the proper way to cut a turkey is mildly entertaining but in all my years on Earth I've yet to see anyone else cut a turkey like this.

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