At Sea Ashore (1936)

Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors  |   Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This fine Hal Roach Studio two-reel comedy marked the debut of Lyda Roberti as the new partner of Roach regular Patsy Kelly. On her way to the docks to greet the arriving Lyda, Patsy is mistaken for an illegal immigrant. In an attempt to create a distaff version of Laurel and Hardy, producer Hal Roach had first teamed the vivacious Thelma Todd with fluttery ZaSu Pitts. When Pitts left Roach in 1933, she was replaced with Broadway comedienne Patsy Kelly. Todd's mysterious death in December of 1935 left Kelly without a partner and after trying out Pert Kelton in one comedy, Roach settled on vivacious Lyda Roberti, a blonde native of Poland whose energetic style was reminiscent of Latin bombshell Lupe Velez.



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