11 April 1931
|Director: Robert F. McGowan Producer: Hal Roach Dialogue: H.M. Walker
Cinematography: Art Lloyd Editor: Richard C. Currier Sound recording: Elmer Raguse
|Mick Roche writes...
Introduced by the ballerina-clad Crane Twins.
The lovely Thelma Todd arrives chauffeur-driven outside a hotel. She is rehearsing a line from her forthcoming play in a very dramatic voice...
"Is there any place in this world that I can go, without you finding me?"
As she exits the car, the chauffeur informs Thelma that he will be going to the opening of her play. She is very pleased and patronizingly calls him a "sweet fellow," in her sing-song voice, whilst tweaking and patting his cheek. (Face. She's not THAT pleased!)
In another room, Alabama recites a love poem about a blonde lady, to his unimpressed brunette girlfriend, Dorothy Granger.
Elsewhere, David Sharpe is bouncing around his room athletically, but his Gertie is not amused. She would prefer him to "do something useful," instead of "wasting his efforts being an acrobat."
Love is definitely in the air today, as Mickey Daniels is professing HIS love for Mary Kornman. During his flowery waffle, Mary purposely treads on a bell and fakes a phone call from, 'Frankie,' of whom 'asks' if she is in love with Mickey. An annoyed Mickey is cringing at the soppy voice she is using. Especially when she ends the 'call' with "Good-byeeee-ya!" He then storms out, which peeves Mary.
|At the same time, a frustrated David about turns from Gertie and a sorrowful Alabama bids farewell to a giggly Dorothy.
In her room, Thelma is still rehearsing dramatic lines shouting, "Don't come near me, please don't kill me!"
A passing Alabama hears all this and enters her room, as she is reinacting the collapsing scene.
Alabama believes what he is seeing and so naughty Thelma plays him along. He carries Thelma to the sofa and STILL believes her distress, even though she is laughing loudly! The laughter ceases when he tells her that she is his dream girl. Another cheek tweak and pat is in order, (Remember, I said, 'face!') and calling him a "cute dear boy." Alabama guffaws like a buffoon, then realises that it is Thelma his life-long poetry has been written about. She feigns big interest and states that his poetic words remind her of "Rockefellow." Alabama corrects her with, "Longfellow." Thelma explains that she "always gets her poets mixed up!" As soon as Alabama gets too frisky with his 'dream girl,' she throws him out!
Thelma resumes her noisy acting rehearsal. As she yells, "Oh no, help!" Mickey hears this from the corridor and opens her door with a flourish and witnesses her tumble to the floor. Mickey panics and Thelma exclaims to herself, "Another one!" Again, she allows Mickey to carry her to sit on the sofa. He exaggerates his knight in shining armour routine and tells her that he overpowered the 'man' who 'attacked' her and "threw him out the window!" Thelma joins in the farce and the cheek tweak and pats are here again. (How many more times? FACE! Pay attention!) She calls him a "cute little fella!" Which brings out his famous laugh. He then lets her know, that if the 'man' returns, he'll "tear him limb from limb!" Mickey's false bravery, earns him equally false gratitude from our Thelma! When Mickey gets a tinge too lovey-dovey, Thelma gives him her pet dog 'Fido' and instructs him to take him for a walk and promises to tell Mickey if there is a 'chance' for 'them' (as a couple) upon his return.
When he leaves, Thelma continues her, "Help me!" etc rehearsal and cor blimey, would you very well believe it, but this time David Sharpe hears the commotion and bursts through her door at the VERY moment Thelma slumps to the floor. (It's uncanny, eh?) As their eyes meet, Thelma gives David an appraising look and asks, "Well Romeo, what's the big idea?" He explains that he is there to 'save' her and gulps heavily when he is tweaked and patted. (Don't keep making me use these brackets!)
Gertrude, Mary and Dorothy, have by now had enough of this nonsense and want their boyfriends out of Thelma's clutches. They march over to Thelma's room and knock on the door. Thelma tells David to hide and she then confronts the girls. Gertie asks Thelma why is she 'vamping' their boyfriends, to which Thelma replies, "Well I didn't make love to them, they made love to me!"
(Oooh! How times were different then!) Much to the girls' dismay, she makes a pretence of choosing one of the boys to fall in love with. As she closes the door on them, she answers the phone to her agent, Eddie Dunn, who needs to see her about the play. Thelma tells him that she must help patch up the love affairs of the gang first. She begins by bullying David and chasing him around the room with a golf club (tea please!) while he is all leaps and bounds to avoid her!
(Avoid? Huh! Where IS that kettle?) He ends up jumping through the door to a waiting Gertrude.
An exhausted Thelma hasn't time to get her breath back, as Alabama steps in with a new poem to croon to her. During the recitement, (is that a real word?) she plucks the poem from his hands and demands loudly, "Do you love me? Do ya?" Alabama is too frightened to answer. Thelma continues, "No, you don't! I can see it in your eyes!" She goes on to inform him that she knows he wants to return to Dorothy, but if he does, it will be with a dagger in his heart and a lily in his hand.
"I don't like lillies." He childishly answers. (So a dagger isn't too bad?) He cowers as Thelma yells insults and pretends to attack him, as his Dorothy enters the room and speaks in defence of her beloved. This gallantry dosen't last, as Thelma quickly throws them out
and they both run like the wind!
Mickey is back with Fido cooing, "Yoo-hoo! Hotty!"
Thelma pretends to snarl and asks, "Whaddya mean, 'Hot Toddy?" Picking up a gun as she accuses him of NOT walking the dog, but walking Mary instead.
Mickey ignorantly replies, " I thought you said his name was Fido!" He then suggests, in great fear, calling the whole thing off and goes to leave, but Thelma grabs him and throws him across the room. He lands in a heap into the lampshade, causing the bulb to smash on the floor, making a loud gunshot sound. Mickey thinks he's been shot and clings to his stomach and takes flowers from a table and puts them on his stomach before collapsing. Sympathetic as ever, Thelma kicks him and tells him to go back to Mary (Isn't it clever how she knows all their names?), but it will be with a bullet in his heart. He cowardly puts his fingers in his ears, awaiting the blast. She shoots a few times towards the ceiling whilst Mickey runs for cover all over the room. Including under the carpet! He finally makes his escape gripping Mary's hand and running away.
|IMAGE COMING SOON
|Yet again, Thelma acts out the "Help me!" scene and this time, Edgar Kennedy comes to her 'rescue.' As he cradles her on the floor, he also tells big fibs, a la Mickey Daniels. He tells her, "It's alright lady, I chased the blighters out the window."
Edgar would normally make other men jealous by making "Oooh!" and "Aaah!" noises, whilst on the floor with Thelma. But sadly, not in this case, as in reality, Thelma has heard enough for the day and punches Edgar square on the nose. Hence Edgar's 'groans.'
Back in Mickey's room, he sits with Mary and are both back in love. The phone rings and Mary, remembering this is where all the trouble started, angrily pulls it out of the wall and throws it out of the window, where it falls neatly into a man hole, landing with a familiar "gonnnnnnng" sound onto the head of poor construction worker, Jerry Mandy, whose famous painful jerky movements bring a titter.
This merry short film ends with Mary tweaking and patting Mickey's cheek (you know which one!) and speaking in a Thelma tone, saying, "You dear boy." Which startles Mickey, but then brings out his famous laugh.
A top-notch episode in the too short-lived "BOY FRIENDS" series. Enhanced with Laurel And Hardy People - a-plenty!
•This was the sixth film in the series.
•The film was released on the Crane sisters' 14th birthday.
Did you notice?
•The bell-sound of Jerry Mandy's head being hit at the end sounds rather familiar, doesn't it!
Thelma's last rescuer
|Bettymae Crane /
Jorge Finkielman (still cleaning and repairing)
Mick Roche (review)
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