Alum And Eve  
24 September 1932
sound short

Director: George Marshall  Producer: Hal Roach  Titles: H.M. Walker
Cinematography: Hap Depew  Editor: Richard C. Currier  Sound recording: James Greene

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Zasu is eager to get to the beach, so she tells Thelma to 'step on it' and as the car speeds up, policeman James Morton (a Laurel And Hardy man indeed!), tells them to 'pull over'!  "I told you not to drive so fast", says Zasu to an unimpressed Thelma.  Thelma tells Zasu to pretend to faint, and this excuse is used to James.  "I've been through it twice myself!" he exclaims, thinking Zasu's pregnant, and escorts them to hospital.  James rather ungracefully attempts to lift Zasu out of the car, and as she is pretty much upside-down, shows a lot of legs! (for those days, anyway!)  He gets heavily shoved aside, by the porters (ooh missus!) and they put her on a stretcher and she falls off it down the stairs!  Legs all over the place, and "OH, AH," and other moaning sounds from Zasu.
Thelma is also involved in the slapstick, stumbling around in her tight dress, that her big bum protrudes through.  Eventually James unceremoniously plants Zasu over his shoulder, and reports to reception.  Zasu's bum presses against some pens which gets her moaning again, and a doctor is called for.  James puts her in a trolley, and the slapstick begins again, as he rather fortunately becomes a 'sandwich' between our girls as they all get unneccessarily tangled.
Once again, Zasu's very shapely legs, are everywhere!  A nurse and two porters get equally squashed, and I have to adjust my askew bowler hat, and have a cuppa tea, because the CARRY ON-ness, has reached my jealousy level!  Thelma's bum is getting in everyone's way, as the porters can't see because of it!  At last, they are taken to a delivery room, and James is waiting outside.  Other nurses carrying newborn babies, keep filing out of the room, making James' head jerk in an 'Ollie' way in reaction to each one.

Slapstick frenzy is off AGAIN, as Thelma and Zasu push the swing door back and forth, bashing their bottoms each time.  Then two very sexy nurses (which I think I recognize from "MIXED NUTS"), wrestle with Zasu and Thelma on the bed, to get Zasu undressed ready for her 'delivery'.  Caught trying to leave the hospital, policeman James asks what IS the matter with Zasu.  After hearing a little boy play with his toy dog, Thelma quickly lies that 'a mad dog bit her.'  They open the door to another room, and the slam knocks a bottle of ALUM into a jug of water.  Of course, this is given to Zasu to drink.
Seeing the nurse prepare some medical implements, Thelma tells a worried Zasu,"Oh, stop fussing, they'll only cut you a little.  Then we won't have to go to jail!"  The alum kicks in, much to the worry of Thelma and James.  He gives her a drink, which makes it worse, as it is from the same glass the alum is in.  He rushes off to find a nurse, leaving the girls to escape out the window.  I almost melt again as Thelma's dress gets caught on the window-sill, and tears off as she falls to the floor in her naughty night attire! James attempts to pull Zasu back in, but they both end up falling out the window! Elsewhere, a patient (another Laurel And Hardy Person, Bobby Burns)is being told by his doctor, that he'll never walk again. Thelma, holding a few branches in a weak attempt to cover her modesty, climbs through the window, and hurriedly out of the room. This excitement gets Bobby up and out of bed in pursuit! Meanwhile, Zasu recovers, and walks away from James, who is in great pain after discovering he landed on his gun in his back pocket, leaving the pistol all bent. The sight of this has him crying! He chases her into the kennels, where they check dogs for rabies next door, and MORE slapstick ensues! He falls face first into dog food, Zasu bites his leg, in a doggie-fashion(ooh missus!) He throws her over his shoulder and take her back. Meanwhile, all this dashing about has got Thelma thirsty, and COR BLIMEY, she ONLY goes and drinks THAT glass of alum! Then James does, followed by the nurse and Doctors, and it's mayhem! Especially from James, who cries and moans, like tough policemen should! Our girls were given a bit of gas and Thelma found some Ether to sniff, and as the hospital staff (oh look, there's L&H man, Baldwin Cooke!) tries to subdue James, our 'high' girls, make their getaway in slow motion and STILL in saucy langerie!

This is my first review of a TODD/PITTS short, and already it's my favourite! My two-fingered typing ability, is slow enough, but with all the excitement and laughter of this nifty little film, it took me even longer!
I think I will have another cup of tea! ~ Mick Roche

  Favourite bit
When Bobby Burns is told he will never walk again!

•The 11th film in the series.
Did you notice?
•The name of the hospital is "Peaceful Valley".

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - ZaSu Pitts
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Thelma Todd
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - James C. Morton
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Almeda Fowler
Betty Danko
Betty, nurse
Ham Kinsey
Ernie Alexander
Carl M. Leviness
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Bobby Burns
Hospital patient
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Otto Fries
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - Baldwin Cooke
Dorothy Layton

Mick Roche (review)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Betty Danko)
Brent Seguine (identification of Carl M. Leviness)

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