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Strictly Unreliable (1932)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  30 April 1932 (USA)
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Zasu inadvertently turns Thelma's vaudeville act into a shambles.



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Complete credited cast:
Charlotte Nemo ...
Bud Jamison ...
Bud (as Bud Jamieson)
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Charlie Hall ...
The Stage Manager (as Charley Hall)


Zasu inadvertently turns Thelma's vaudeville act into a shambles.

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Comedy | Short





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30 April 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Zasu Steals the Show
20 February 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Strictly Unreliable (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Nice entry in the Zasu/Todd series has Zasu working at a boarding house where Todd has just been kicked out of because of not paying rent. Zasu helps Todd sneak back in to get some clothes that she's going to be wearing at a vaudeville act later that night. That night at the act Zasu finds herself there and accidentally gets on stage where at first she doesn't realize what's going on to just be a play. There's no denying that this Hal Roach short belongs to Zasu because she easily steals every single inch of the thing. The first portion of the film takes place in the boarding house where Zasu spies on a ballet dancer and then tries to do the same moves without any luck. This first portion contains a good number of laughs but the real fun starts during the second part at the vaudeville act. The funniest bit happens when Zasu walks on stage where a man (Billy Gilbert) is fighting with his wife and eventually pulls out a gun and shoots her. Zasu just isn't bring enough to realize this is a couple actors so she goes along with the events. Later she gets caught up in the dance portion of the show and sure enough more issues break out. Zasu is perfect in the part as her comic timing has never been better and she certainly makes the film worth sitting through with her performance alone. Gilbert is hilarious during his brief bit and Bud Jamison does a nice job as the landlady's brother.

Todd really doesn't get too much to do as she's off screen the majority of the time.

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