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The Bargain of the Century (1933)

After accidentally getting a policeman friend fired, the girls must come up with some way to get him re-hired or be stuck with him as an unwanted roommate.




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Cast overview:
Zasu Pittts
Captain Schmaltz
James P. Burtis ...
Officer Butterworth (as James Burtis)


On their way to a bargain sale, Thelma and Zazu are pulled over by a motorcycle cop. Zazu poses as the police lieutenant's daughter, and they enlist the cop, Butterworth, in helping them buy merchandise at the sale. When the lieutenant finds out about the ruse, he fires Butterworth whom the girls then hire as a housekeeper. When Zazu meets a police captain, she contrives to invite him home so Butterworth can impress him and get his job back. Will anything go right? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

8 April 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Island of Lost Heels  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Officer Butterworth: Well, well, well, well. Miss Finnegan, your Pappy and I are just as thick as that.
[Clasping his hands together]
Thelma Todd: Ha-ha-ha. I bet you're the thickest of the two!
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ZaSu Pitts - Comedienne Extraordinaire!
3 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Another hilarious short with ZaSu Pitts and Thelma Todd.

I didn't know it till I watched these shorts, but ZaSu Pitts is the unrivaled mistress of physical comedy. See my review of Asleep in the Feet (1933) for more on this.

In Bargain of the Century, she falls over the back of a chair and ends up upside down against the wall! The funniest prat fall I've ever seen! As well as one of the most acrobatic.

Thelma Todd has more to do in this one than in the other shorts. She is a very talented comedian in her own right, but ZaSu is such a show-stealer that in the others I saw, she is relegated to basically being a straight man. She gets to be the center of quite a few laughs in this film.

The plot is a good one. Todd gets Burtis fired by claiming she is Gilbert's daughter and getting him to assist her at a bargain sale. Gilbert walks up and the jig is up. Todd and especially Pitts feel bad and say they will find Burtis another job. They let him stay at their apartment until then.

Burtis is an inventor and comes up with all kinds of wild contraptions to "improve" their lives, all of which make Pitts and Todd all the more anxious to see him leave.

In the central scene of the movie, Pitts lures Gilbert up to their apartment (you've got to see how!), hoping to get him to re-hire Burtis, and the fun begins. Or, rather, continues.

The ending is great, the best of these shorts I've seen so far. A one line zinger, and unexpected plot twist all rolled into one!

It's hard for me to think of a better way to spend just over nineteen minutes than watching this very funny short.

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