Thelma tries to pass herself off as a famous French painter.




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Thelma tries to pass herself off as a famous French painter.

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

10 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duel in Oil  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Oh, the horror!
24 April 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I recently got an email from an IMDb user who disagreed with my negative opinion about Patsy Kelly. In many IMDb reviews, I have described her as one of the most unfunny and obnoxious "comediennes" in film history and I WISH I had seen DONE IN OIL before I responded to this user--this would have clearly proved my point! Yes, this comedy short is THAT bad. Not only is the entire thing unfunny, but towards the end it even made me cringe--as Kelly appeared in black-face dressed like a very, very stereotypical black servant. While this sort of characterization was more acceptable back in 1934, it still wasn't funny--regardless of how offensive it was.

By the way, in the scene where Kelly is painting a picture, if you watch carefully, you'll see that the picture keeps changing due to very, very sloppy editing. She'd paint something and then only seconds later, a DIFFERENT painting was shown. This happened again and again.

Sloppy, tasteless and unfunny. What a waste of time!

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