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The Meanest Gal in Town (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 12 January 1934 (USA)
A stranded actress turned manicurist affects the lives of people in a small American town.

Director:

Russell Mack (uncredited)

Writers:

H.W. Hanemann, Arthur T. Horman (story) (as Arthur Horman) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zasu Pitts ... Tillie Prescott
Pert Kelton ... Lulu White
El Brendel ... Chris Peterson
James Gleason ... Duke Slater
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Jack Hayden (as 'Skeets' Gallagher)
Edward McWade ... Clark - Tillie's Clerk
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Actress Lulu White gets stranded in a small American town when the owner of her acting troupe absconds with the funds. She uses her sexual wiles to get a meal out of Duke Slater, who leaves in a huff when her hotel room is also occupied by another stranded actress. The next day, she tries to get a job as a manicurist at Chris Peterson's barbershop, but since he has so little business, he refuses. While he is away, however, she sets up shop to ply her trade, and in no time the shop is swarming with men getting manicures and haircuts. Word gets to Tillie Prescott, the woman who Chris has been courting for the last ten years, and who he promised to marry when he gets enough money to get a second chair in his barbershop. Out of jealousy and desperation, she buys the chair for $300, but at a chamber of commerce outing Chris introduces Lulu as the one woman behind his success. This so humiliates and enrages Tillie she now refuses to marry Chris. Meanwhile, salesman Jack Hayden has gotten ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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A Red-Flannel Romance that will Keep You in Stitches!

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hearts and Flowers See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A comedy full of sexual innuendos, with Pert Kelton stealing every scene she's in.
14 November 1998 | by Art-22See all my reviews

Although perky Pert Kelton is billed second to ZaSu Pitts, she's the one the title refers to. She plays an actress, stranded when the manager of her troupe absconded with the funds. Asked by a fellow actress what she is going to do, she responds "Don't worry, I'll wiggle my way out of this one," as she wiggles her derriere walking out of the door. This was the first of many sexual innuendos within the film, released early in 1934, before the Hays Office started really cracking down on violations of the Production Code that July. Even so, I was surprised to hear the expression "cop a feel," used by "Skeets" Gallagher, when he asks a woman to place her hand on his breast to feel his heart beating. Kelton is not mean as much as she is wily, building up El Brendel's barbershop business as a manicurist, by enticing men to come in, and causing much jealousy from ZaSu Pitts, who has been courted by Brendel for ten years. Because of Kelton, this film was an enjoyable romp; without her, it would have been a flat, unfunny comedy.


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