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Opened by Mistake (1934)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  6 October 1934 (USA)
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Patsy tries to stay with Thelma at the hospital where she works, but Thelma is forced to pretend that Patsy is a patient.

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Patsy
Nora Cecil ...
Head Nurse
William Burress ...
Banker, Patsy's Boss
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When Patsy loses her new job as an office telephone operator and can't go home because she's behind on her rent, she goes to the hospital where her best friend Thelma works and asks Thelma to let her sleep there. Thelma knows she'll lose her job if she's caught, but it's raining outside, so she concocts a plan to put Patsy in an empty hospital room. Turns out, a patient in need of emergency surgery is expected there, so Patsy is mistaken for that patient. Thelma tells Patsy to go ahead and have the surgery (free room and board and Thelma won't lose her job), but Patsy protests. Nurses, doctors, orderlies, and patient have it out. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Fun entry in the Todd/Kelley series of shorts
4 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this short, Kelly is an incompetent and lazy telephone operator. At one point instead of connecting calls, she doing a crossword puzzle and when stumped at one of the clues, calls Todd. She asks her "What General is buried in Grant's tomb?" To which Todd replies "What dumb dame is wearing Patsy Kelly's shoes?" Quite rightly, Kelly gets fired and goes to Todd, who is a nurse, and asks to stay with her at her room in the hospital. Todd says no and then comes up the scheme to have Kelly stay in an empty patient's room. The head nurse finds Kelly and mistakes her for a patient that needs emergency surgery. In the best part of the short, Kelly tries to get away from the head nurse and a male aide and then she and the head nurse try to knock each other out with anesthetic gas. It's a wonderful slapstick scene done in part in slow motion. Hilarious. Todd doesn't have much to do and it's really Kelly's show. I like Kelly's brashness and she's really good with slapstick - a comedy form I like. This is a funny comedy short worth seeing.


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