The Mind Needer (1938)

  |  Comedy, Short

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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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7 July 2014 | MartinHafer
| Good but they sure overdo the absent-mindedness in this one.
This is a short that Charley Chase made for Columbia Pictures near the end of his career. These shorts, while enjoyable, lack the subtlety of most of the films he made with Hal Roach.

In this short, Charley plays an incredibly absent-minded man (too absent-minded to make this a particularly subtle film). His wife has been patient but it's getting too much for her--particularly when he kisses the neighbor instead of her (he mixed up the two) and after he forgets his wedding anniversary. His brother-in-law tries to help him, but the case sure looks hopeless! Even worse, when he comes home, he goes into the wrong house--and showers and makes himself at home in the same neighbors' home that you saw at the beginning of the film. What's to become of Charley?!

So is it any good? Well, it's enjoyable but the film has Charley playing a guy who ISN'T so much forgetful but appears to have a serious brain injury!! No one is THAT forgetful without a serious organic cause--and the film simply tries too hard to drive home that he's forgetful. Having him go into the wrong home could have been more believable--such as if they just moved to a new home and couldn't remember which was theirs. But it's simply a case of a film with a lot of energy and silliness but not much else. Worth seeing but no classic.

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Comedy | Short


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29 April 1938



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