Stork Bites Man (1947)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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Stork Bites Man was the last of five short-length features from Comet Productions, a company owned by Mary Pickford, her husband Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and former Columbia executive Ralph Cohn. Jackie Cooper plays Ernie, an apartment-house manager whose wife Peg (Gena Roberts) is several months pregnant. The trouble is, Ernie's boss Kimberly (Emory Parnell) can't stand babies, meaning that our hero will be evicted at the moment of the kid's entry into the world. But things are set right through the intervention of an invisible stork (shades of Harvey), who offers Ernie counsel and advice. Only fitfully funny, Stork Bites Man is brightened by the presence of veteran burlesque comedian Gus Schilling, making a meal of his role as a nursery-supply peddler (a picture of Schilling from this film is prominently featured in The Versatiles, a 1970 book on Hollywood character actors).

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employer/employee, eviction, manager, pregnancy, striker, supernatural-forces