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The Bargain of the Century (1933)

After accidentally getting a policeman friend fired, the girls must come up with some way to get him re-hired or be stuck with him as an unwanted roommate.

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Charley Chase
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Cast

Cast overview:
Zasu Pitts ... Zasu Pittts
Thelma Todd ... Thelma Todd
Billy Gilbert ... Captain Schmaltz
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Officer Butterworth (as James Burtis)
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Storyline

On their way to a bargain sale, Thelma and Zazu are pulled over by a motorcycle cop. Zazu poses as the police lieutenant's daughter, and they enlist the cop, Butterworth, in helping them buy merchandise at the sale. When the lieutenant finds out about the ruse, he fires Butterworth whom the girls then hire as a housekeeper. When Zazu meets a police captain, she contrives to invite him home so Butterworth can impress him and get his job back. Will anything go right? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Island of Lost Heels See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Officer Butterworth: Say, is that palooka trying to flirt with me?
Thelma Todd: Why, I beg your pardon, Officer. Hmm! Do you happen to know who this palooka is?
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Follows Red Noses (1932) See more »

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One of the Better Pitts-Todd Shorts
6 November 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bargain of the Century, The (1933)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This here is one of the best Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts shorts that I've seen and I can't help but think some of the success has to be due to Charley Chase who directed the film. Todd and Pitts lie to a cop (James Burtis) so that he will help them get some cheap sheets at a department store. The cop ends up getting fired so he moves in with the girls and slowly drives them crazy. The women invite the captain (Billy Gilbert) to diner to try and get the cops job back but things don't go as planned. I'm really not a fan of the Pitts-Todd shorts but I found this one here to be quite entertaining since it has many laughs and some all around nice touches. I also couldn't help but think that Chase's timing as a director really helped this film as it's not the typical film you'd expect from the group. This time out it really seems as Todd and Pitts are working together and we're given some real chemistry between the two. I thought them working together against Burtis made for some nice laughs and when Gilbert enters the picture it just gets better. The gag with the watch and the ice cream was very impressive and manages to get some nice laughs. The final joke in the film works quite nicely as well. The film is still no classic but there are enough laughs to make it worth sitting through.


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