Picks and Pans Review: 3. Dr Pepper

updated 06/11/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/11/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT


In 60 seconds you get more laughs than you do on 30 minutes of, say, AfterMASH. Character actor Chuck (Right Guard) McCann plays the Hunch-back of Notre Dame, who's tied up on a public square, calling out through his mangled mouth for "dahtahpember!" The crowd doesn't understand; who could? Gail (Making a Living) Edwards as a peasant girl brings him water. He slaps it aside. The crowd gasps. "Watch my lips," he mumbles. "Dahtahpember." She finally gets it, and he gets his Dr Pepper and the crowd cheers. It is a hoot, as good as the classic Alka-Seltzer commercials of the early 70s ("I can't believe I ate the whole thing"). McCann won a Clio for his performance, and the commercial won among nonalcoholic beverages.

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