Instead of delivering some fancy dresses to a customer, the girls wear them to a party.




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Miss Pitts
Von Smaltz


At an exclusive dress shop, Thelma is a model and Zazu is a seamstress. While Thelma models a bridal gown for a wealthy older customer, Zazu makes an unexpected appearance on the walkway, causing havoc and getting the pair fired. After the proprietor calms down, he offers them their jobs back and asks them to deliver two dresses to an important client who's leaving on a midnight trip. Thelma and Zazu decide to wear the dresses to a party before delivering them. Is this a mistake? Written by <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

4 March 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vestidas à Francesa  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the Weakest Todd-Pitts Shorts
5 November 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Maids a la Mode (1933)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

A seamstress (Zasu Pitts) and her model buddy (Thelma Todd) are fired by their boss (Billy Gilbert) after a fashion show goes horribly wrong. The two decide to take a couple of his dresses and go to a party but soon they're shocked to see the boss there as well. I've seen eight or nine of these Todd-Pitts shorts and I'm clearly not a fan. They seem to range from fair to bad and this one here is one of the weakest and I'm still not sure if anyone was even attempting to make this thing funny. The entire opening bit with the girls messing up the show was just one bad joke after another. The timing of all of this was so off that you couldn't help but wonder what everyone was doing and there's a shot of Gilbert falling on some pins where the "edit" is so obvious that you can't help but roll your eyes because the likes of Georges Melies was doing more impressive stuff thirty-years earlier than what's on display here. The party sequence is just as weak because once again we get no laughs and the entire running jokes of Pitts dress coming apart just isn't funny. Once again Pitts and Todd have no chemistry together and by the end I couldn't wait for this one to be over.

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