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Waiting in the Lurch (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 8 September 1949 (USA)
Joe's fiance doesn't like his obsession for chasing fire engines.

Director:

Edward Bernds

Writer:

Elwood Ullman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Besser ... Eric Loudermilk Potts
Christine McIntyre ... Mae Knott
Vernon Dent ... J. Peabody Knott
Rodney Bell Rodney Bell ... Wilber Slemons
James Logan James Logan ... Simmons
Hans Schumm ... Dr. Emil Gesundheit (as Andre Pola)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Blystone ... Fire Chief (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Joe's fiance doesn't like his obsession for chasing fire engines.

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Joe's a riot as a roly-poly romeo! [One-sheet poster]

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Left in the Lurch See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remade as The Fire Chaser (1954) See more »

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For Besser or for worse...
20 March 2017 | by simeon_flakeSee all my reviews

Well, I probably won't make a habit of reviewing these Besser solos, like I did some of the Deritas. I remember years ago, when first getting the "Rare Treasures" set, that solo Besser didn't leave a great impression with me & unfortunately--after one fresh viewing of Lurch--my opinion has not changed much.

I don't mean to sound "Hateful" about Joe--I've said many times in the past that I've enjoyed him as a supporting player with Abbott and Costello & even think he has his moments as a stooge & that the downfall of those last 16 stooge shorts wasn't all "Joe Besser's fault."

Having said all that, I just find it hard to take his "overgrown sissy-man act" in strong & regular 16 minute doses. It's fine for a few chuckles at first, then it just gets old--very quickly. The only other laugh I can remember is Vernon conking that lame Rodney Bell & Bell's reaction (oh, pop).

Again, I don't want to come off as an unmitigated Besser basher, so maybe this will be my only comment on Joe solo, but to those people out there who do find this to be a "great" short, my hat is sincerely off to you.

4 stars


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