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Strictly Unreliable (1932)

Zasu inadvertently turns Thelma's vaudeville act into a shambles.

Director:

George Marshall

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zasu Pitts ... Pitts
Thelma Todd ... Miss Thelma Todd
Charlotte Mineau ... Mrs. Hawkins - Landlady (as Charlotte Meno)
Bud Jamison ... Bud (as Bud Jamieson)
Billy Gilbert ... The Actor
Charlie Hall ... The Stage Manager (as Charley Hall)
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Zasu inadvertently turns Thelma's vaudeville act into a shambles.

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1932 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A lesser Hal Roach series makes an amiable time-passer
16 November 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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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