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Done in Oil (1934)

Thelma tries to pass herself off as a famous French painter.

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Gus Meins
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Thelma Todd ... Thelma Todd
Patsy Kelly ... Patsy Kelly
Arthur Housman ... Arthur
Eddie Conrad ... 1st French Art Expert
Leo White ... 2nd French Art Expert
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Thelma tries to pass herself off as a famous French painter.

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impersonation | two reeler | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel in Oil 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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Oh, the horror!
24 April 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I recently got an email from an IMDb user who disagreed with my negative opinion about Patsy Kelly. In many IMDb reviews, I have described her as one of the most unfunny and obnoxious "comediennes" in film history and I WISH I had seen DONE IN OIL before I responded to this user--this would have clearly proved my point! Yes, this comedy short is THAT bad. Not only is the entire thing unfunny, but towards the end it even made me cringe--as Kelly appeared in black-face dressed like a very, very stereotypical black servant. While this sort of characterization was more acceptable back in 1934, it still wasn't funny--regardless of how offensive it was.

By the way, in the scene where Kelly is painting a picture, if you watch carefully, you'll see that the picture keeps changing due to very, very sloppy editing. She'd paint something and then only seconds later, a DIFFERENT painting was shown. This happened again and again.

Sloppy, tasteless and unfunny. What a waste of time!


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