Patsy and Thelma have been working hard at a stressful Manhattan job checking luggage in and out. They have some time off coming: Thelma wants to relax at an Atlantic City hotel, but Patsy convinces her to go tent camping, promising to take care of everything. To Thelma's chagrin, little goes right from pitching the tent to gathering firewood and cooking dinner. When Thelma finally relaxes late the first night, it's Patsy's turn to worry - about bears - after an odd ranger warns them to keep the bacon hidden. Written by
In those depression years the short features were designed to entertain average folk on their own level in an immediate way that they could relate to. When the audience laughed it was not at the physical humor but because they recognized themselves in the less than perfect Patsy. Times were hard and there were few things available to distract from the realities outside the movie house.
It was practice then for folks to go once a week to a movie, usually the matinée on Saturday, where news of the world plus a couple of short features were shown for less than the night time price of admission. Popcorn was a nickel and at intermission we all held our tickets hoping our number would be called for a prize.
Ms.Kelly and many others provided entertainment when so many needed it. It is a mistake, I think, to compare her work to others more polished as she portrayed the everyperson through herself. Coarse, vulgar (common) and delightful all at once.
I miss her.
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