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Maids a la Mode (1933)

Instead of delivering some fancy dresses to a customer, the girls wear them to a party.

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Gus Meins
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Cast overview:
Zasu Pitts ... Miss Pitts
Thelma Todd ... Miss Todd
Billy Gilbert ... Von Smaltz
Cissy Fitzgerald ... Mrs. Von Eckterhorse
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At an exclusive dress shop, Thelma is a model and Zazu is a seamstress. While Thelma models a bridal gown for a wealthy older customer, Zazu makes an unexpected appearance on the walkway, causing havoc and getting the pair fired. After the proprietor calms down, he offers them their jobs back and asks them to deliver two dresses to an important client who's leaving on a midnight trip. Thelma and Zazu decide to wear the dresses to a party before delivering them. Is this a mistake? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short

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Undressed
10 October 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Another sweet spot movie.

If you rattle around old movies, you'll certainly spend some time in the early 30s because the experiments from that era are so fresh and novel. And you'll want to be in that area before the code clamped down on how women are allowed in movies.

So you probably will wander over to these sexual comedies where women worked in territory usually reserved for men. And of course what you see is pratfalls and embarrassment. But because these are women its often sexual humor. Here its about being undressed in public.

I'm a fan of sorts of Zasu Pitts, an Olive Oyl type. because this is thin comedy, its not something to ask you to seek out to watch. Its short and silly, not much funnier than your typical "Our Gang" episode. But if you are in the neighborhood and can have a gander at this, its pretty interesting how sexual embarrassment is handled.

Our two women are dress models, which gives us a chance early in the thing to see women in underwear and night things. There are a few comic encounters with mechanical and manufactured things. But the real setup is for our girls at a posh party in purloined dresses. Zasu first has her underwear removed by a drunk pulling on a thread until it is all pulled out. Then she has the back of her dress ripped off. And finally her comrade accidentally sews drapery onto her back in an attempt to repair. So there can be a mix of ordinary pratfall and sexual embarrassment.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vestidas à Francesa See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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