EDGAR BERGEN

SHORT SUBJECTS

Vitaphone (Warner Brothers) Productions

Some of the following information is adapted and revised from IMDB.  Descriptions of  Bergen's full-length motion pictures can also be found at IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001944/
 

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The Operation (1930)

Edgar Bergen .... Doctor
Charlie McCarthy .... Charlie
Christina Graver .... Nurse Virginia Morris
Length: 10 min
Vitaphone production reel #947

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Office Scandal (1930)

Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy
Christina Graver
Length: 7 min
Vitaphone production reel #1147

Charlie is the new office boy for executive Bergen.

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Donkey Business (1931)

Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy
Christina Graver
Length: 9 min
Vitaphone production reel #1177

The Eyes Have It (1931)

Edgar Bergen .... Dr. Wilbur Grant
Charlie McCarthy .... Charlie McCarthy
Christina Graver .... Doris, the Nurse
Length: 10 min
Vitaphone production reel #1271

An eye doctor examines a young patient who claims he cannot attend school due to an eye affliction.

(Dr. Grant is reading a letter from Charlie's teacher.)
GRANT:    She says here that your eyes have been very bad,
                  you've been having headaches, and you have been
                  getting excused from school. Is that right?
CHARLIE: Well, yeah, part of it is right.

 

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Free and Easy (1931)

Edgar Bergen .... Professor
Charlie McCarthy .... Charlie McCarthy
Christina Graver .... Kamisha, the Gypsy
Length: 8 min
Vitaphone production reel #1285

Hoboes Charlie McCarthy and the Professor visit a gypsy fortune teller to communicate with the spirit of a wealthy gentleman who recently passed away and who had hidden his money.

PROF:       Ah, this is the life!
                  This is the life that gets you!
CHARLIE: Yeah, but it gets you nowhere.

Africa Speaks -- English (1933)

Edgar Bergen .... Uncle
Charlie McCarthy .... Charlie
Length: 11 min
Vitaphone production reel #1482

Parody of the Africa Speaks documentary.

Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy's plane runs out of gas and
lands in the African jungle right in the midst of a group of cannibals.

(Uncle Edgar is trying to radio for help.)
UNCLE:    Oh, I wish I could get a message through on this set.
CHARLIE: Yeah, can you get Amos 'n' Andy on there?
UNCLE:     I wonder what I can get on this radio.
CHARLIE:  I don't think you can get thirty cents on it.

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Pure Feud (1934)

Edgar Bergen .... Edgar Albert Appletree
Charlie McCarthy .... Charlie McCarthy
Vicki Cummings .... Edgar's Sister
Valerie Bergere .... The Cook
Length: 9 min
Vitaphone production reel #1638

Edgar Appletree and his sister arrive at a mountain resort for a
rest cure, only to find themselves in the midst of a family feud.

At the Races (1934)

Edgar Bergen .... Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy .... Charlie McCarthy
Eleanore King (as Eleanor King)
Owen Martin
Length: 10 min
Vitaphone production reel #1657

Bergen gets a hot tip from jockey Charlie McCarthy.

(Charlie insults Bergen)
BERGEN:   Say, listen! What do you take me for? A fool?
CHARLIE:  No! Of course, I may be wrong.

Two Boobs in a Balloon (1935)

Edgar Bergen .... Prof. Cicero Pu
Charlie McCarthy .... Charlie McCarthy
Length: 10 min
Vitaphone production reel #1780

Professor Cicero Pu and Charlie take a trip in the "Spirit of Ammonia" hot air balloon.

PRETTY GIRL: Will you take me with you, Cicero?
                          You know, something might happen!
CHARLIE:         Yeah, if we take you along,
                           I know something will happen.
                          (to Cicero) Let's take her along, huh?
CICERO:           Charlie, we just haven't any room.
CHARLIE:         Well, make room!
CICERO:           But I don't know what we can do without.
CHARLIE:         Well, if she comes along,
                          we can do without you.

All-American Drawback (1935)

Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy
Gerrie Worthing
David Burns
June Carr
Length: 11 min
Vitaphone production reel #1877

Football star Charlie risks losing his position on the college team due to failing grades.

(Charlie asks a pretty girl for a dance,
but she rejects him)
CHARLIE:  Well, that's the way life is!
                    That's life! That's life!
                    You gotta take the bad with the lousy.

Nut Guilty (1936)

Edgar Bergen .... Judge Bergen
Charlie McCarthy .... Charlie McCarthy
George Anderson .... District Attorney
Gerrie Worthing .... First Defendant
Edith Brandell .... Iva Wiggle
Length: 11 min
Vitaphone production reel #1935

 Charlie assists Judge Bergen with handling the courtroom trials for a day.

CHARLIE:    Young lady, I fine you 90 dollars.
WOMAN:     Hah! That's a cinch. I got the 90 dollars right
                      here in my stocking.
CHARLIE:    Uh-huh. Well, now, reach down in the other stocking and
                     get the 90 days that goes with it.

 

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Double Talk (1937)

Edgar Bergen .... Dr. Bergen
Charlie McCarthy .... Charlie McCarthy
Florence Auer .... Mrs. Virginia Delaware
Lynne Carver .... Georgia Maryland (as Virginia Reed)
Length: 10 min
Vitaphone production reel #1991

Bergen runs an orphanage and tries to get his most troublesome orphan adopted.

(Dr. Bergen aand Charlie are waiting for
the arrival of Mrs. Virginia Delaware.
An extremely pretty girl enters.)
CHARLIE:   Is that ... is that Mrs. Virginia Delaware?
BERGEN:    No, that's Miss Georgia Maryland.
CHARLIE:   Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
                     The farther south you go,
                     the better the scenery gets.

A Neckin' Party (1937)

Edgar Bergen .... Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy .... Charlie McCarthy
Length: 11 min
Vitaphone production reel #2088

Edgar Bergen takes city-boy Charlie to visit his ranch  in Mexico for a taste of the good life.  But Charlie falls for the wrong senorita, whose jealous boyfriend invites Charlie to a neckin' party -- to stretch little Charlie's neck.

Includes a classic Mortimer Snerd routine as well.  In this short Mortimer's full name is given as Elmer Mortimer Snerd.

BERGEN: What do you do around here, Elmer?
ELMER:    Huh?
BERGEN:  I say, what do you do around here?
ELMER:    Oh, I milk the cows.
BERGEN: Oh, you milk the cows.
                 Do you do all the milking?
ELMER:   Oh, uh, yeah!
BERGEN: That's an important position.
ELMER:    Uh, yeah! I'm the main squirt.

 

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