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The Mind Needer (1938)

Charley's memory is so poor he forgets who some people are, and must be told things repeatedly. He mistakes the home next door for his, and takes a bath there.The jealous neighbor thinks he's having an affair with his wife.

Director:

Del Lord

Writers:

Elwood Ullman (story and screen play), Al Giebler (story and screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charley Chase ... Charley Chase
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Chase
Bess Flowers ... Mrs. Ryan
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Charley's memory is so poor he forgets who some people are, and must be told things repeatedly. He mistakes the home next door for his, and takes a bath there.The jealous neighbor thinks he's having an affair with his wife.

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It's a rib-tickling brain storm! (One-sheet poster).

Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Numb Skull Number One See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Best Comic You Probably Never Heard Of
6 January 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Charley Chase had spent a quarter of a century in screen comedy by the time he made this movie. He had worked as actor, director and writer for all the big names, with the exception of the Christie Brothers. He could make anything funny. After Hal Roach ended short subject production, he went to Jules White's department at Columbia, where he annoyed his boss by turning in comedies both funnier and cheaper than White could himself, usually with Del Lord directing (sorry, all you Stooges fans). His subjects tended towards domestic comedies, usually co-starring Ann Doran, with efforts acted a bit broader than his work at Roach, but more realistically than most Columbia comedy shorts.

In this one he has a terrible memory, which irks Ann. The gags on the subject are perfectly pitched and paced, but it is the small gags having nothing to do with the major thread that really tell -- he spends half a minute trying to get all the pins out of a new shirt.

Fans will notice Bess Flowers, Queen of the Extras in a real role with lines. She appeared in more than eight hundred movies and television episodes, almost always as a "dress extra" who provided her own clothes.

THE MIND NEEDER is not a classic Chase picture, but there are laughs aplenty and should satisfy anyone looking for a good comedy.


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