3 December 2014 | redryan64
3 Amigos: Edgar, Charlie & Mortimer
WITH THE UNLIKELY success of a ventriloquist's being in the realm of radio, the "team" of Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy were a hot item. As is the custom, Hollywood was quick to capitalize on the Bergen Franchise and following 'their' costarring with Radio Nemises, W.C. Fields in YOU CAN'T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN, Universal gave us CHARLIE McCARTHY, DETECTIVE.
BUT BEFORE THAT was to become a reality, we had somebody at Warner Brothers' Vitaphone Short Subjects come up with this 2 reeler comedy.
OUR REVIEW OF today's lucky honoree, A NECKIN' PARTY, finds that there are pretty standard situations and gags involved in this amusing, but not outstanding comedy. We have the movement of Bergen & Charlie from the New York Night Club scene to a Western Dude Ranch, located South of what used to be the Border between the US and Mexico. Standard, clichéd and (by today's standards) non Politically Correct gags follow in abundance. We have lovely senorita, her Panch Villa-like bandito boyfriend and a myriad of Spanish language malaprops. All is very standard and cook-cutter two reel stuff.
AS FOR OUR conclusion, we must declare that this is one comedy which is low on the laugh scale with little else to recommend it except for the early appearance of Bergen, McCarthy & Mortimer Snerd; who are always worth at least a little viewing.