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An Apple in His Eye (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 6 June 1941 (USA)
Edgar tries his hand at making pies for Vivien's charity bazaar with predictable results.

Director:

Harry D'Arcy

Writers:

Harry D'Arcy (original screenplay), George Jeske (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edgar Kennedy ... Edgar Kennedy
Vivien Oakland ... Vivien Kennedy
Charlie Hall ... Dan - Edgar's Neighbor
Harry Harvey ... Bakery Truck Driver
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Storyline

Objecting to his wife's plan to pay $23.40 for forty apple pies to take to a charity bazaar, Edgar sets about to show her how he can make them for 10 cents each. After many mishaps he does make 40 pies that cost a lot more than $23.40. And with 40 pies in the kitchen it is inevitable that he would get into an argument with his know-it-all neighbor which quickly turns into a pie-throwing contest and a fire and the firemen arrive to join in the melee. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1941 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Funny slapstick from Edgar Kennedy
9 June 2003 | by silentfilm-2See all my reviews

Although this short was part of his RKO comic series, Hal Roach alumnus Edgar Kennedy gets some able comic assistance from Roach regulars Vivien Oakland and especially Charlie Hall. Edgar's wife Vivien is planning a big reception at their house, with lots of desserts, especially pies. When the pie deliveryman accidentally drops one on Edgar's face, Edgar sends him away. Cheap-skate Edgar decides that he can make the pies himself and save some money.

One problem is that Edgar's apple tree hangs over neighbor Charlie Hall's yard, and many of the apples are on the wrong side of the fence. Charlie is trying to take a nap in his hammock, but keeps getting accidentally knocked on the head with stray falling apples. Edgar tries to make the pies in bulk by mixing the dough for the pie crust in his washing machine. The comic build-up to the pie-fight climax is actually better than the fight itself. By the time that the short is over, Edgar, Charlie, the ladies group and even the local firemen are in the thick of a big pie fight.

It is a shame that Edgar Kennedy is mostly known for his appearances as a Hal Roach supporting player (and earlier) as a Mack Sennett supporting player. He also played great comic foils in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as appearing in his own comic short series for a long time. This film is highly recommended, but it plays better with an audience, because the comic tension builds throughout the film.


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