Watch GOOD NIGHT, NURSE! in the link above.
We are jumping the shark, as they say. We have four shorts left, and none will be quite like this one.
One thing you have to give Roscoe is that he plays a good drunk. The opening scene is the typical surreal scene of the 10s and 20s, but it just goes on for way too long. By the time he gets the cigarette lit, I am well past this scene (did you see Buster in this scene?).
We have a lot of great pre-code stuff going on here: Roscoe kicking the lady [Buster], the comic depictions of insanity, the blood on Buster's clothes, etc. Stuff like this is what makes watching these interesting
, especially since many of these code-eliminated things are really quite harmless.
This short again harkens to Roscoe and Al St. John's Keystone Kop days with the behavior displayed by the orderlies as they chase Roscoe and Alice Lake. Al is a bit underused here, but he fills himself in well; and Alice is, surprisingly, good. And Buster gets to display the mannerisms we'd see him use in his solo films whilst attempting to flirt with girls.
The drag is that there is just so much in this short that isn't even funny. There is a good 5 minute stretch starting with when Roscoe gets knocked out. From there most of the humor is in his sane approach to lunacy and the amazing stunts he and Buster pull. But it's drowned in poor writing. And then we get cheap, thrown-together ending.Forgot my rating... 8/10