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Hot Money (1935)

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A thief on the run dumps some hot money in Thelma and Patsy's lap.


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Cast overview:
James Burke ...
Police Sgt. Burke
Fred Kelsey ...
Police Officer Kelsey (as Fred A. Kelsey)
Louis Natheaux ...
Trigger Louie
Brooks Benedict ...
The Thief


Thelma and Patsy are flatmates who face eviction in a few hours. Thelma's out of ideas and leaves it to Patsy, who rubs an oil lamp and wishes for $50,000. Into their flat bursts a thief who says he's being pursued by Trigger Louie; he throws a money belt with $50,000 to Patsy and says he'll be back in an hour. He splits, Trigger Louie catches up with him, and bam! Louie hides, the cops arrive, and the gals wonder what to do. Guns, a fold-down bed, the body, a fire escape, and a dim-witted cop figure in the resolution. Written by <>

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Comedy | Short






Release Date:

16 November 1935 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Amusing comedy short is brief and to the point...
30 August 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

PATSY KELLY is a bit more brash than usual as THELMA TODD's roommate, informed by their landlord that unless they pay the rent that evening he'll have to evict them.

Kelly rubs an Aladdin's lamp and asks for $50,000 but instead of a genie a criminal with hot money in his hands drops off the loot in the sum of $50,000 at their apartment until he can return to collect it. Naturally, Kelly thinks it's a way to pay the landlord and flee with the cash. Todd isn't sure what to do, and always comes up with the line that she has to "take a rest and think about it." It's an amusing caper, totally improbable as most of these screwball shorts always were, but good for a few laughs.

Shown on TCM as part of a tribute to Thelma Todd, it's an example of her flair for comedy in the '30s before her untimely and controversial death.

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