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The Pip from Pittsburg (1931)

A man attempts to repulse a blind date, not realizing she is a knockout.


James Parrott


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Cast overview:
Charley Chase ... Charley
Thelma Todd ... Thelma
Dorothy Granger ... Dot
Kay Deslys Kay Deslys ... Kay
Carlton Griffin Carlton Griffin ... Griff (as Carleton Griffin)


Charley agrees to go on a blind date to help out his roommate. But because his last such date turned out badly, he goes all out trying to make himself look bad. He refuses to shave, wears his friend's old suit and even eats garlic. Unfortunately for him, however, his date turns out to be the lovely Thelma Todd. Written by R. Scott Gibson

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

21 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pip from Pittsburgh See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thelma: Oh, Mr. Chase, have you ever been to Pittsburg?
Charley: Why, no, Miss Todd. As a matter of fact, I've never been out of the United States.
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A very good Charley Chase short
10 December 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1920s and 30s, Charley Chase was a very popular comedian--having starred in about 250 short films as well as directing quite a few as well (under his real name 'Charles Parrott'). While the quality of these films vary tremendously, his better films compare quite favorably to comedians such as Laurel and Hardy and Harold Lloyd. Unfortunately, especially during the sound era, his films also too often were very disappointing as well due to lousy scripts. I really think that most of the time, other Roach stars (in particular Laurel and Hardy) were given the better scripts and Chase was given those that didn't quite cut it. This might be much of the reason his name is so rarely recognized today.

However, it's nice to see that Chase is in excellent form in this film. While certainly not among his funniest, this is a very pleasant comedy that nearly earns an 8 because it has some very funny bits.

Charley's friend is trying to fix him up on a blind date with some girl from Pittsburgh. Charley naturally is less than excited and assumes the girl is horrible--after all, it IS a blind date. So his friend gives him the idea of dressing in old clothes, not shaving and eating lots of garlic to keep this "Thelma from Pittsburgh" at a distance. The plan backfires, though, when Thelma turns out to be the lovely and shapely Thelma Todd--a familiar star in Roach films of the early 30s.

So Charley decides he must clean up his act quickly so he can win her heart and he does so in some clever and funny ways. For example, he manages to shave quite covertly at the dance hall, clean his breath AND strip his friend of his suit--all to impress Thelma. It's very, very funny though I am sure uptight politically correct types might be offended at the breath cleaning scene--you just have to see it to see what I mean.

Overall, not among Charley's best (such as MIGHTY LIKE A MOOSE) but a nice old comedy short nonetheless.

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