Sing Sister Sing  
02 March 1935
sound short


Director: James Parrott  Producer: Hal Roach
Cinematography: Art Lloyd  Editor: William H. Terhune  Sound recording: James Greene

IMAGE COMING SOON Thelma answers the 'shave and a haircut-two bits' knock on her door to Patsy, and greet each other like long-lost friends.  Rudely, they ignore the porter (Charlie Hall) as his back suffers carrying Patsy's large trunk.  He's still bent over as he leaves with a 16 cent tip!  Thelma looks at him, as if he isn't worth THAT!  Thelma, in her strange posh voice, informs Patsy of her house 'rules', and above all, no arguing.  Thelma's idea is NOT to count to 10 if tempers arise, but to sing "I WAKE UP WITH A SONG, A LOVELY MELODY", she croons.  And she says that she feels better already, and she looks it!  So,after much prompting, and Patsy nearly losing HER temper, Patsy, with gritted teeth, sings it.  This pleases Thelma, who overcame HER annoyance, because Patsy didn't sing immediately!  Thelma tells Patsy to continue unpacking, while she washes her face.  "What do you do to your face at night?" asks Thelma.  "I just use a little soap and water." Patsy replies. "Oh," Thelma says with a sneer,"I thought so."  Cue double-take from Patsy followed by,"I WAKE UP WITH A SONG..."  Slapstick follows, as Patsy tries to find space to put her dresses, within the mountain of Thelma's clothes! "I WAKE UP WITH A SONG....." Thelma tells her she can put her 'intimate things in any part of the dresser, because "It's just as much yours, as it is mine."  As Patsy opens each drawer, piles of Thelma's naughty night attire pours outwards and upwards!
Later in the bathroom, a bit of slapstick occurs, as the girls get in each others' way, whilst washing.  Thelma's rather selfish here.  Adjustable bed collapses on Patsy after Thelma's instructions to pull it down.  She laughs as she tells Patsy that the same thing had happened to her, the 1st time! "I WAKE UP WITH A SONG....." "That's the spirit," Thelma says cheerfully,"Never let trifles upset you."  Later, Thelma's having a restless sleep, and knocks Patsy out of bed. This adds to Patsy's annoyance, as she has been trying to sleep with the light on, because Thelma is afraid of the dark,"When you turn the light off, everything goes black in front of me!" she reasons (like Stan would!)  Noisy radiator causes more distress, but Thelma sleeps through it all, with a peaceful smile on her fully made-up face, which, moments before, had been washed clean in the bathroom!  Patsy goes outside the front door, and sees a tap handle, which she thinks belongs to the radiator, but actually turns on the emergency fire hose, and water is everywhere.  Neighbour Arthur Housman, drunkingly exclaims, "SNAKES!" Meanwhile, Thelma is sleepwalking, and Patsy, after dealing with the hose, sees the empty bed, and turns to see Thelma walking outside on the window ledge!  Harold Lloyd moments occur, (but he didn't fill a nightdress like our Thelma!)  With the help of other neighbours, Thelma is steered back to the safety of her bed.  Just to make sure, Patsy has tied their ankles to each other's.  Phone rings, 'Thelma' gets up to answer it, and an obviously-nothing-like-Thelma-stand-in (man!), does a massive pratfall.  Thelma informs her, that she will have to move, as she dosen't like practical jokers! "I WAKE UP WITH A SMILE......" Patsy screams.
What an excellent short. Funny and sexy!

  Favourite bit

•Production A-32 - Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly series
•Copyrighted February 26, 1935.
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DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Thelma Todd
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Patsy Kelly
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Harry Bowen
Hotel clerk
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Charlie Hall
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Arthur Housman

Acknowledgements: (
Mick Roche (review)

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