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The Old Bull (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 4 June 1932 (USA)
The girls encounter a runaway lion while stranded out in the country.





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Thelma and Zazu are on a leisurely excursion in a borrowed car. Thelma lets Zazu drive. When she brakes to avoid a bull pulled along by three rustics, her foot gets stuck and the car crashes through a barn. The barn's owner won't let them leave without paying damages. The gals hoof it, walking in a large circle to arrive back at the farmer's house after dark. While outside his door, they hear a radio broadcast to beware a lion escaped from a wintering circus. Can Thelma and Zasu reclaim the car while avoiding the angry farmer, his prize bull, and the renegade lion? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

4 June 1932 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the Worst Shorts Out There
29 December 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Old Bull, The (1932)

* (out of 4)

Extremely bad comedy from Hal Roach is without question one of the worst I've seen from his studio. Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd play friends who take a drive into the country where they get into trouble with a farmer after they drive through his barn door. He forces them to leave the car there and walk, which isn't good when a lion escapes from a circus. These Pitt-Todd shorts were usually hit and miss but I've yet to see one as bad as this thing here. I watch hundreds of shorts each year and rarely do I give them such a low rating but this one here was just bad in so many ways. I normally don't call out bad rear projection but I have to here because it's so poorly done and edited together that it really takes you out of the film. There's even one brief spot where the girls, with the projection, run over a bull yet of course it doesn't match up with what's actually happening on the screen. Another rather embarrassing moment happens when Pitts is bent over her car and the lion jumps on her back. This was 1932 so I'm sure it was an innocent thing but it look rather dirty when viewed today. Both Pitts and Tood have seen better days as neither of them are very funny here but I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say they knew this thing was a stinker.

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