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Menu (1933)

A chef helps a housewife cook a duck dinner that will not give her husband indigestion.


Nick Grinde


Thorne Smith (story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice)


John Xavier Omsk suffers from chronic indigestion because of his wife's cooking until a mysterious chef magically appears in her kitchen and helps by preparing a duck dinner for her long-suffering husband, who is now free to throw away his can of bicarbonate of soda. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Release Date:

23 September 1933 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (2-Strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Found on the same disc as "Morning Glory" in "Katharine Hepburn: 100th Anniversary Collection." See more »


Narrator: There we are, all sowed up, like a lady after a scrimmage at a bargain sale.
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Resistance is futile!
11 February 2006 | by Ursula_Two_Point_Seven_TSee all my reviews

I love these little "one reel wonders" that TCM throws in at the end of their regularly scheduled movies as filler till the next movie comes on. I caught this one at the end of Sunrise, during TCM's 31 Days of Oscar. Seems this little 1933 one-reeler was nominated for Best Short Subject.

It's very amusing. An early technicolor about a man with indigestion, thanks to a wife who's a klutzenheimer in the kitchen. Una Merkel plays the dippy wife -- she utters about 3 words but is told by the unseen narrator that he's the only one allowed to talk! The narrator acts as an omnipotent overseer, putting broken eggs and spilled condiments back together again by the magic of reverse-action filming. He also brings in a chef in a puff of smoke, to come to the housewife's rescue. We are then treated to a mini-cooking show, with instructions on how to prepare stuffed duck and baked apples. It's quite droll, with the narrator getting off such funny zingers as:

"Cook the stuffing for 15 minutes, for that perfect taste that you love to burp up later."

"Now clutch the apple firmly so it will realize the futility of any resistance."

Very funny and amusing. Too bad there's no way to actually know when this will be on again. I don't think TCM lists its one-reel wonders in its programming guide, which is too bad. Well, if you run across "The Menu" at the end of your regularly scheduled program, be sure to stick around and watch it. I think you'll enjoy it!

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