The Royal Seal of Siberia has been stolen, and a secretary with dreams of being a newspaper reporter thinks she has a lead on its location. Unfortunately, that location is a creepy boarding house filled with strange characters.
Zasu and Thelma are working their way through college by selling magazine subscriptions. Finding little success going door-to-door, the pair decide to use their charms to sell to men at their places of work.
A lesser Hal Roach series makes an amiable time-passer
While I would agree with some of the negative reviews for this short on IMDb, I have a higher tolerance for this sort of entertainment and am rating the film a bit higher. Sure, Ms. Pitts was NOT a comic genius like Laurel and Hardy or even Charlie Chase (other Hal Roach regulars), and Thelma Todd was pretty inconsequential in the film, it still was an entertaining time-passer. Plus, compared to Roach's later leading lady (Patsy Kelly--one of the loudest and more annoying comediennes), Ms. Pitts is very watchable! As far as ZaSu goes, while her attempt at dancing in the beginning of the film is pretty crudely done as well as her ruining the play at the end of the film, it's not any more or less entertaining than if the Three Stooges would have done it. In fact, this entire film is about the same pacing and about as entertaining as a Stooge short. I know this isn't saying a lot (the Stooges were NOT subtle or especially deep), but the film does generate a few laughs and isn't as awful as a Ritz Brothers or Wheeler and Woolsey flick. For fans of early Hollywood comedy, it is well worth seeing but for most others, it's pretty skip-able.
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