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Done in Oil (1934)

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


Gus Meins


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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


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

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impersonation | two reeler | See All (2) »


Comedy | Short







Release Date:

10 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel in Oil 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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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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