Backs To Nature  
14 November 1933
sound short


Director: Gus Meins  Producer: Hal Roach
Cinematography: Francis Corby  Editor: Louis McManus  Sound recording: Warren B. Delaplain

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - The girls go camping overnight in the woods.
Thelma and Patsy work at the tourist's information and baggage counter in a Grand Central Station type of setting.  After the usual allotment of slapstick mishaps, the girls are looking forward to their weekend of rest and relaxation.  Thelma just wants to sleep in late, but Patsy convinces her that they ought to go on a weekend camping trip... roughing it in the process, taking in the fresh air. Reluctantly, Thelma gives in.  We next see the girls pull up to the camping grounds in their automobile,Thelma is not in the very least impressed and the priceless look upon her face says it all.  Patsy, on the other hand, gets right down to business and attempts to pitch the tent, with the usual slapstick results.  Thelma really has her hands full with Patsy along!  The girls finally get their sleeping quarters fixed up when it is just about time to eat.  The beans burn.  Now cold, scared and hungry, the girls jump at the slightest sound from the forest.  While in bed, they encounter a bear.  Thelma protects their slab of bacon by sleeping upon it, to no avail.  The girls end up in a tree as the Forest Rangers, led by Captain Don Barclay, shoot at the bear... with Thelma and Patsy half-naked in the tree.
Thelma looks absolutely stunning in her camping outfit,by the way (worth mentioning,in my opinion).  She is so cute in that outfit, yet very exquisite at the same time.

  Favourite bit

•Production A-18 - Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly series.
•This was the second entry in the Todd/Kelly film series.
•Copyrighted November 7, 1933.
•One source lists Charlie Hall as the hunter but this is disputed.

Thelma Todd
Patsy Kelly
Don Barclay
Forest ranger
Alice Belcher
Ticket counter customer
Baldwin Cooke
Customer enquiring about Niagara Falls
Joseph Young
Customer with liquor valise
Lyle Tayo


Max Lanzisera (review)
Brent Seguine (identification of Joseph Young)
Scott Margolis (identification of Lyle Tayo - though I have reservations)

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