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Red Noses (1932)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  19 March 1932 (USA)
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Thelma and Zasu go to a Turkish bath to try to get rid of a cold.



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Cast overview:
Miss Pitts
Miss Todd
Blanche Payson ...
Dr. Payson, Physical Therapist
Wilfred Lucas ...
Mr. Lucas
Tailor's Customer
Lyle Tayo ...
Physical Therapist


An office needs Thelma and Zazu, two of its employees, to close a major deal, but they are home with colds. The boss calls and arranges to send them to a Turkish bath. Apprehensive, but with the promise of a bonus and vacation, the women go. First, they object to undressing, then they have trouble with a mechanical horse and chair. Next it's time for a treadmill. After that disaster, it takes several spa employees to give Thelma and Zazu a massage. When they want to leave, they can't find their clothes; honest mistakes result in chaos. But are they cured? Written by <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

19 March 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ladies in a Turkish Bath  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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During one of their "cold treatment" sessions Zazu Pitts was really physically straining to stay seated on a mechanical horse. She was struggling so much she needed the aid of three attendants. In a later scene she is getting a rub down and as her legs are revealed. Her bruises sustained from the previous scene can be seen along both of her shin bones. See more »


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Fair Short from Pitts-Todd
17 October 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Red Noses (1932)

** (out of 4)

Hal Roach comedy has Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd playing friends unable to go to work because both of them have a cold. Their boss desperately needs them so he sends the duo to a Turkish bath to get over their colds but of course they end up doing more damage. Roach did all sorts of comedy teams with the most famous being Laurel and Hardy but it's interesting that he would team Todd up with so many people. I'm not sure if he was just using her to make others funny or if he just couldn't settle on an appropriate team for her but I've never been all that thrilled with the Pitts-Todd shorts I've seen. This one here has a rather interesting set up but sadly there aren't too many laughs and in the end it becomes a real chore to try and sit through the 23-minutes. I think the biggest problem is that there's simply nothing funny here. We get silliness of the two girls getting too rough of a workout and then we have a very unfunny sequence where the girls are told to get undressed and Pitts is too shy to do so. I think the final gag of the film is a pretty good one when Pitts puts on the clothes of a man and naturally all the women begin to freak out. Pitts isn't too bad in the part and I'd say Todd is pretty good as well but the screenplay doesn't do them any favors.

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