Opened by Mistake (1934)

  |  Comedy, Short


Patsy tries to stay with Thelma at the hospital where she works, but Thelma is forced to pretend that Patsy is a patient.

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6 November 2010 | Michael_Elliott
Decent Hal Roach Short
Opened by Mistake (1934)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another pleasant comedy from Roach's studio has Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly playing friends who are constantly getting into trouble. This time out Kelly is fired from her job so she goes to the hospital where Todd works hoping to spend the night with her. Another nurse was just fired for having someone in her room so Todd refuses to let her stay but agrees to put her in a patient's room. This takes a turn for the worst when the head nurse things Kelly is actually a patient waiting for an operation. I found this to be a winning entry in the long running series of Todd-Kelly films. It's certainly not a masterpiece and it's not on the same level of the studio's Laurel and Hardy films but there are enough nice laughs here to make it worth sitting through. Once again we have Kelly being a complete idiot who if she'd just shut up then she wouldn't get into all the trouble that she does. Some of the later films in the series would have her going way over the top but these earlier shorts have her somewhat more controlled and to me that's a lot funnier. The highlight of the film is a sequence where Kelly and the head nurse are fighting with each trying to make the other pass out with some gas. Todd doesn't have too much to do here as her character gets knocked out towards the end and we don't see much of her.

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