Calling All Pa's (1942)

  |  Short, Comedy


In this Pete Smith Specialty, we meet new father Mr. Thunderstruck as and his wife start raising their new baby girl and experience the issues of new parents.


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18 July 2008 | Doylenf
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| How to coddle a crying baby...
These Pete Smith shorts varied as to quality, but this is one of the best on how to bring up baby with father (DAVE O'BRIEN) on heavy duty whether trying to diaper the baby (unsuccessfully) or attending to any other need of a crying baby.

Only drawback is that the baby's crying tends to get on the nerves after awhile. It must have been teething during filming because the cries are constant and loud.

The humor is terrific from scene one (with all the expectant fathers looking through the glass partition at a bunch of sleeping babies and then handing out cigars to each other), and the nightime chores that mom and dad have to share when it's time for another feeding.

Dave O'Brien as Joe Thunderstruck is a champion at making faces--comparable in that respect to someone like Cary Grant who did physical comedy with such finesse. O'Brien is excellent as the desperate dad trying to catch a few hours of sleep. O'Brien cracked me up.

Enjoyable Pete Smith short is narrated by Smith, written by Joe Ansen and directed by Will Jason.

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