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The Tin Man (1935)

Approved | | Short, Adventure, Comedy | 30 March 1935 (USA)
Thelma and Patsy find themselves in a spooky house inhabited by a nut who is a mechanical genius and has made a robot who does everything. The inventor manipulates the robot's control board... See full summary »

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Thelma and Patsy find themselves in a spooky house inhabited by a nut who is a mechanical genius and has made a robot who does everything. The inventor manipulates the robot's control board from a hidden room. The girls are soon in a panic. Patsy gets into an argument with the robot and loses the match of wits. Blackie Burke, an escaped convict, is using the house as a hideout, and this adds to the problems the girls already have. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Thelma Todd: There's strange goings on, going on here.
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Weak, mechanical comedy
8 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short is another in the endless variations of the "wandering into the house of a mad scientist" comedy set up. This time the innocent victims are Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly in a Hal Roach production directed by Charley Chase's brother, James Parrott. There is nothing here that hasn't been done better by Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and the Three Stooges. James Parrott keeps the action fast and furious, but the short is completely forgettable. Character actor Clarence Wilson plays the mad scientist; he is completely over the top and is neither funny nor scary. Wilson creates a robot that adds nothing to the comedy. Matthew Betz is thrown into the mix as an escaped convict to put some twists into this whole mess, but his presence leads to nothing. There is some typical slapstick, which is competently executed. It could have been helped by the inclusion of that famous LeRoy Shield background music which kept many Roach shorts moving. However, there is no music at all. What a shame!


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