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At Sea Ashore (1936)

Patsy's working at Rumplemeyer's Donut Shop in Brooklyn. By accident she catches Mr. Rumplemeyer's trousers in the donut machine as he's leaving to pick his niece who's arriving from the ... See full summary »

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William H. Terhune (as William Terhune)
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Patsy Kelly ... Patsy Kelly
Lyda Roberti ... Lyda Roberti
Al Shean ... Adolph Rumplemeyer
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... First Immigration Officer (as Robert O'Connor)
Joe Twerp Joe Twerp ... Second Immigration Officer
The Avalon Boys The Avalon Boys ... Singing Group (as The Avalon Four)
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Patsy's working at Rumplemeyer's Donut Shop in Brooklyn. By accident she catches Mr. Rumplemeyer's trousers in the donut machine as he's leaving to pick his niece who's arriving from the old country, so he gives Patsy cab fare and sends her. She forgets her purse, so when she arrives at the immigration office, she can't pay the cabbie, who tells her he'll wait while the meter runs. Inside, Patsy finally finds the high-spirited Lyda, but by then, Patsy has sneaked into the holding area and may need a passport to get out. She hides in Lyda's trunk, but with the cabbie, a suspicious immigration officer, and a traffic cop buzzing around will uncle and niece ever connect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1936 (USA) 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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Broadway Rhythm
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by The Avalon Four
Danced by Lyda Roberti
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A Really Bad Film All Around
19 January 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

At Sea Ashore (1936)

* (out of 4)

After the death of Thelma Todd the Hal Roach studio tried to keep a comedy "team" going so they teamed Patsy Kelly up with Lyda Roberti for two films. This one here has Kelly asked by her boss to go to the immigration office and pick up his niece (Roberti). Kelly agrees to do so but once down there she gets all sorts of trouble started. Who knows what was going on at the Roach studio after they lost one of their most popular comedians but this film here is just downright awful from start to finish and there's not a single laugh to be had. I'm sure they were just trying to find some sort of magic for Kelly but Roberti certainly wasn't the right selection. The screenplay itself is downright awful as we get no good jokes and not a single laugh in the entire film up until the closing seconds. Most of the jokes deal with Kelly sneaking into the office and then being unable to get out because she can't prove that she didn't just get off the boat. None of this stuff is funny and it ends with a very stupid sequence of her being put into a trunk so they can sneak her out but of course all sorts of bad things happen while she's in there. None of it is funny. Towards the start of the film we even get a musical number that doesn't work.


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