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Hill-Tillies (1936)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  24 April 1936 (USA)
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The girls camp out in the woods for a publicity stunt.

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Patsy
Lyda Roberti ...
Lyda Roberti
Toby Wing ...
Toby
Harry Bowen ...
Joe
Jim Thorpe ...
1st Indian
Samuel Adams ...
Hermit (as Sam Adams)
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The Depression is hitting the girls hard: no jobs, behind on their rent, and holes in their shoes. They get the idea to stage a publicity stunt by having Patsy and Lyda go into the woods for ten days with just the clothes on their backs to show women's superiority; meanwhile, friends will sneak camping equipment to them. The first night, they get lost and have to do without the equipment. Their pals ask two Indian trackers to take the gear to Patsy and Lyda. Will the gals survive, get the publicity, and generate job offers? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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About what I expected...it was completely awful!
3 February 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Among the worst shorts that the Hal Roach Studio produced were the Thelma Todd/Zasu Pitts films. They made quite a few but they just weren't particularly funny. Zasu's shtick was sounding like Olive Oyl with adenoids and eventually they decided to replace her with the loud and abrasive Patsy Kelly. This really wasn't much of an improvement and the series limped along. However, oddly, after the suspicious death of Thelma Todd, the brilliant minds at Roach decided to keep the series going by substituting the Polish actress Lyda Roberti in Todd's place--a very bizarre decision in hindsight. Why pick Roberti other than the fact that she, too, was a blonde?! With her heavy accent and lack of screen presence or talent, the series limped along...barely...until Roberti's very premature death.

Lyda and Patsy (and their friend--who just disappeared from the film after the initial scene and returns at the very end) are looking for a job without any success. So, as a publicity stunt, they move into the forest to live off the land 'Tarzan style'. There the ladies encounter American-Indians and a crazy man--none of which is the least bit funny. In fact, I have seen films of dental extractions that are funnier! Dreadful and incredibly bad chemistry--with Patsy playing a loud-mouth no-talent and Lyda playing a dumb lady who had 8 minutes of English lessons!

Wanna see a sample of how bad this film is? How about this wonderful dialog:

Indian #1: "How"

Indian #2: "How"

Lyda: "I'm fine, thanks!"

By the way, the big American Indian was played by the world-famous athlete, Jim Thorpe. It's sad to see the man reduced to playing stereotypical parts in crap films like this after his amazing performance in the Olympics a couple decades earlier.


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