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His Baiting Beauty (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 12 January 1950 (USA)
Harry has to leave town on a business trip to take part in the opening of a new radio station. However, his wife suspects that he is actually going to meet another woman.


Edward Bernds


Elwood Ullman (original screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Harry von Zell ... Harry Von Zell (as Harry Von Zell)
Emil Sitka ... Harry's Boss
Christine McIntyre ... Mrs. Harry Von Zell
Jean Willes ... Ethel Dunkel
Dick Wessel ... Gorgeous Gus
Minerva Urecal ... Harry's Mother-in-Law


Harry Von Zell, popular radio announcer, has to go out of town to open a new radio station but his wife, egged on by her mother, thinks he is just going there to meet another woman which, of course, he accidentally does, and up shows his new bride and his hatchet-faced mother-in-law. Neither of which are inclined to believe Harry's side of the story. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

12 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Harry von Zell's final Columbia two-reeler. He decided it was time to move to other things. See more »

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His Last Columbia Short
15 July 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Harry von Zell wants to spend his anniversary with his wife, Christine McIntyre, but boss Emil Sitka insists that he go to a convention with him. After Harry has left, Christine and her mother discover a torrid fan letter from Jean Willes and set out in hot pursuit in this typically violent Columbia short comedy.

It was the last short Harry made for Columbia; he had bigger fish to fry in his work with the George Burns-Gracie Allen show and other tv enterprises, and appearing in the lightly altered scripts from older Columbia shorts was no way to advance his career.

The director of this short was Edward Bernds, who had started out as a sound engineer and switched to directing shorts and comedy programmers in the mid-1940s. He held the distinction of being being nominated for Best Director by accident; when the Frank SInatra-Bing Crosby-Grace Kelly musical HIGH SOCIETY garnered a raft of nominations, Bernds was sent a certificate for directing the movie; in actuality, it was an identically named Bowery Boys movie. He proudly displayed the certificate for the rest of his long life.

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