During WW1, the girls become spies when they spend the evening with two German officers.

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German Major
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During WW1, the girls become spies when they spend the evening with two German officers.

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14 November 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Followed by Sneak Easily (1932) See more »

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Probably the Weakest of the Zasu/Todd Shorts
23 February 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

War Mamas (1931)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely weak entry in the Zasu Pitts/Thelma Todd series has the girls volunteering to help during WW1 but they keep getting in trouble with the woman in charge of them. The second half of the short has the girls driving the wrong way and ending up behind German lines where they end up playing strip poker with a couple German captains. WAR MAMAS is a pretty bad film but thankfully it's so bad and so poorly directed that fans of bad movies will probably find it surreal enough to make it worth wasting 20-minutes on. There's not a single frame that's funny in this picture and the poker sequence is stretched out so long that you can't help but become annoyed with everything going on. Zasu, as you'd expect, keeps cheating at the cards but the Germans are too dumb to catch on. Now, if you were going to have a strip poker scene with Thelma Todd don't you think you'd want to show her off a little bit? That's doesn't happen here during a strip poker sequence even though every other short did manage to show her off. Director Marshall Neilan doesn't appear to know how to stage a scene as the timing is all over the place and none of the shots even appear to have been set up very well. Just check out a scene where the girls accidentally drop a glass pitcher out the window, which then hits their leader in the head. Both Pitts and Todd are obviously giving it their all but there simply isn't anything here that pays off.


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