First Aid (1943)

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This Pete Smith Specialty is a semihumorous look at basic first aid techniques for mishaps that often occur around the house. It was produced in cooperation with the Beverly Hills First Aid... See full summary »


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31 October 2009 | Michael_Elliott
Fun Short from Smith
First Aid (1943)

*** (out of 4)

Pete Smith short has the dimwitted Mr. Krumb (Dave O'Brien) always hurting himself around the house so he, along with his wife, go to a first aid class where they try to learn how to treat cuts, wounds and various other issues. These Smith shorts often take a humorous look at their subjects but that's not really the case here as one can't help but think the majority of what's being trained here is the same type of things folks in 1943 were learning because of what was going on throughout the world then. The middle segments of this short take the subject pretty serious as we get to learn where pressure should be made for various injuries as well as learning how to make a stretcher or warm the body whenever there's no fire. Even though the subject is handled in a serious fashion, there's still some time to play around and O'Brien once again shines as the dimwit who can never stay out of trouble. His flirting with a girl in his class gets one of the best jokes when he realizes that his wife is watching the entire thing. Another nice sequence is at the end when we see what type of injuries can be avoided. Smith's narration is good as usual so fans of his will certainly want to check this one out.

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