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The Meanest Gal in Town (1934)

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




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Complete credited cast:
Lulu White
Chris Peterson
Duke Slater
Jack Hayden (as 'Skeets' Gallagher)
Edward McWade ...
Clark - Tillie's Clerk


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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12 January 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dummy's Vote  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Forgotten Film Yields Gems
18 February 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A small town barber hires a flirtatious out of work actress as his new manicurist - much to the chagrin of his longtime girlfriend.

Undeservedly obscure, THE MEANEST GAL IN TOWN boasts plenty of pre-Production Code sauciness and several funny performances. It is a good example of a very competent little comedy which fell through the cracks into movie limbo.

At the heart of the film, ZaSu Pitts & El Brendel make unlikely, but completely compatible, comedic companions. Fluttery fingered & vague, Miss Pitts brings her considerable experience into playing a businesswoman who is very tired of waiting ten years for her beau to propose marriage. Gentle, good-natured dialect comedian Brendel - the Swedish accent was fake - enlivened a handful of early 1930's films with his genial humor. He was always enjoyable to watch and his performance here is no exception, as he portrays a fellow whose greatest ambition is to have enough clients to enable him to add a second barber chair to his shop.

James Gleason scores as the local ladies' man, always ready with the sly innuendo. Pert Kelton practically steals the show as the flirty tart who knows how to get exactly what she wants from most men. Skeets Gallagher is perfect as the brash salesman who almost trumps her ace.

Movie mavens will recognize John Carradine as a stranded actor, Robert McKenzie as a hotel manager, Harry Holmes as the mayor & Vera Lewis as a lady at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon - all uncredited.

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