Let's Do Things (1931)

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In their first of 16 comedy shorts for Hal Roach, blonde Thelma Todd and fluttery ZaSu Pitts go on a frenetic double date with George Byron and Charlie Hall. Although the series opener, directed by Roach himself, was released in three reels, subsequent comedies were all two-reelers. Teaming the self-assured Todd with bashful, spinsterish Pitts was an obvious attempt by Roach to create a distaff Laurel and Hardy. And despite a few miscalculations along the way, the team came very close indeed. Although Pitts was declared one of America's great dramatic actresses by no less an authority than Erich von Stroheim, the public liked her best in comedy and she proved a perfect foil for the glamorous Todd.