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The Meanest Gal in Town (1934)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  12 January 1934 (USA)
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A stranded actress turned manicurist affects the lives of people in a small American town.

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Cast

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Tillie Prescott
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Lulu White
El Brendel ...
Chris Peterson
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Duke Slater
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Jack Hayden (as 'Skeets' Gallagher)
Edward McWade ...
Clark, Tillie's Clerk
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Actress Lulu White gets stranded in a small American town when the owner of her acting troupe absconds with the funds. She uses her sexual wiles to get a meal out of Duke Slater, who leaves in a huff when her hotel room is also occupied by another stranded actress. The next day, she tries to get a job as a manicurist at Chris Peterson's barbershop, but since he has so little business, he refuses. While he is away, however, she sets up shop to ply her trade, and in no time the shop is swarming with men getting manicures and haircuts. Word gets to Tillie Prescott, the woman who Chris has been courting for the last ten years, and who he promised to marry when he gets enough money to get a second chair in his barbershop. Out of jealousy and desperation, she buys the chair for $300, but at a chamber of commerce outing Chris introduces Lulu as the one woman behind his success. This so humiliates and enrages Tillie she now refuses to marry Chris. Meanwhile, salesman Jack Hayden has gotten ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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A Red-Flannel Romance that will Keep You in Stitches!

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Comedy

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12 January 1934 (USA)  »

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Hearts and Flowers  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Good comedic performances, has historical value (pre Hays Code)
5 February 2001 | by (Iowa) – See all my reviews

This little film has a lot going for it. There's James Gleason, funny and sympathetic as a sort of "tough guy" barber who wants to win the girl. There's Pert Kelton playing the cute and sexy actress turned manicurist. There's El Brendel (I had never seen him before), playing the naive Scandinavian barber named Chris Peterson. He is a lot more canny than he appears. Finally there is ZaSu Pitts, wonderful as the long-suffering owner of a dress shop. She is actually much more naive about business than Peterson is. My only complaint is that I wish Pitts had gotten a better role. She is playing a weak character who is more pathetic than funny. But, she did what she could with the part.

I was surprised to see in the full cast list that John Carradine is in this film. I didn't notice him, and must have walked out of the room during his scene.

Overall, this is a good movie that is worth seeing for the pre-Hays Code innuendos and some sparkling comic performances.


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