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Release Date:
4 June 1932 (USA) See more »
The girls encounter a runaway lion while stranded out in the country. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Zasu Pitts ... Zasu

Thelma Todd ... Thelma
Otto Fries ... Mr. Bailey - Farmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Burns ... Farm Hand (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
H.M. Walker (dialogue)

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Art Lloyd (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier  (as Richard Currier)
Sound Department
James Greene .... recording engineer
Music Department
Leroy Shield .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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19 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Followed by Maids a la Mode (1933)See more »


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At last--a Hal Roach series that's worse than the Boy Friends, 25 November 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I've seen quite a few Zasu Pitts/Thelma Todd films lately and frankly I haven't been overly impressed. Despite coming from Hal Roach, these shorts don't even come close to the quality of Laurel and Hardy or Our Gang/Little Rascals. In fact, they don't even surpass the Boy Friends series from Roach (which I used to think were the worst series films from Roach). The problem is that Zasu and Thelma have practically no chemistry together. They seem to be very unlikely friends and don't have much of a spark between them. It's obvious that this is a lower-tier series, as the usual Hal Roach quality just isn't so apparent.

As for this movie, it starts with probably the worst rear-projected driving scenes I have ever seen. It is so ridiculously unreal and faked that it is obvious Roach and company just didn't care. The similar scene from Laurel and Hardy's COUNTY HOSPITAL isn't a great rear-projected sequence either, but compared to this one, it's a masterpiece! The out of control stunt driver sequence culminates in the Zasu severely damaging a farm and the farmer decides to keep the car until they pay for damages. So, naturally what will happen next? Yep, a lion escapes from the circus and runs amok on the farm!! Contrived? You betcha. Funny? No.

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