A young man follows a pretty girl into her office, which turns out to be a musical dentist office. Cute chorus girls attend to the many male customers, and the girl the young man was ... See full summary »
Mary Jo Mathews,
Babe Ruth returns from hunting to a cabin shared with musicians Zez Confrey and Byron Gay where he regales them with the story of his famous called shot. With Babe's help, they write a song about baseball which then debuts on a radio show.
This short features professional bowler Andy Varipapa. He first shows the correct way to grip a bowling ball and the proper form for delivering the ball down the alley. He then performs several trick shots.
This is a rare Technicolor entry in the Pete Smith Specialty series. Champion fisherman Ernie St. Claire is pulled several miles downstream in Oregon's Rogue River as he tries to catch a ... See full summary »
Peggy is a gangster's moll from New Jersey, living a pampered life in Manhattan with three French maids. Blue bloods from England have invited her to tea this afternoon; she's looking forward to her initiation into high society. She takes a Rolls to a club where she's greeted by a team of fakers who plan to sell her a membership in an exclusive but fictive club - for $25,000. As Peggy tries to be refined, will the grifters succeed in the con?Written by
Patsy Kelly burst on the scene at 21 loaded with talent and presence. This is amply evidenced by her debut film, in which she is already a star. She demonstrates both her physical comedy abilities, with numerous prat falls and other mishaps, as well as a bit of her talent for delivering sarcastic one-liners. She has a naturalness and sense of timing surprising in one so young and inexperienced.
The short film is packed with laughs from start to finish. Miss Kelly plays a low-life of the worst kind, a gangster moll who has become rich and now has servants, fine clothes and highfalutin ideas.
Her manners, though, remain those of the most uncultured boor. Similar to Jethro on the Beverly Hillbillies, who thinks he is now a worldly millionaire playboy, Kelly demonstrates even less sophistication as she tries to enter "legitimate" high society, with hilarious results. She wipes her nose on the back of her hand, drinks coffee from the saucer, and licks off her monocle as she tries to act snooty and impress her hosts.
There is even a plot twist stuffed into these laugh-packed nine minutes. Not to mention a pre-Code scene of Miss Kelly nude in the bathtub. You don't see much, but she has never been more attractive.
The directing is surprisingly good for just a little short. Things move rapidly, the camera angles are interesting, it is well lit, and everything fits into place perfectly with no loose edges or flaws of any kind. The timing and delivery of the lines is of the first caliber from all the actors without exception.
No wonder Patsy Kelly went on to become so popular, with a start like this!
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