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Hal Roach
Female Comedy Teams
(1928-1935)

 

Contents: Feed ’em and Weep (1928), A Pair of Tights (1929), Going Ga-Ga (1929) [fragments], The Pajama Party (1931), On the Loose (1931), Show Business (1932), Asleep in the Feet (1933), The Bargain of the Century (1933), Beauty and the Bus (1933), Babes in the Goods (1934), Maid in Hollywood (1934), The Misses Stooge (1935) and Top Flat (1935).

This collection focuses on the female comedy teamings at the Hal Roach Studios in the wake of the successful teaming of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Among the stars are Anita Garvin, Marion Byron, Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts and Patsy Kelly.

Many of the films have not been released on home video before.

coverEdition Filmmuseum
2010 DVD edition

Hal Roach: Female Comedy Teams (1928-1935), black & white, 228 minutes total, not rated,
including Feed ’em and Weep (1928), black & white, 16 minutes, not rated, A Pair of Tights (1929), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated, Going Ga-Ga (1929) [fragments], black & white, 5 minutes, not rated, The Pajama Party (1931), black & white, 20 minutes, not rated, On the Loose (1931), black & white, 20 minutes, not rated, Show Business (1932), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated, Asleep in the Feet (1933), black & white, 18 minutes, not rated, The Bargain of the Century (1933), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated, Beauty and the Bus (1933), black & white, 17 minutes, not rated, Babes in the Goods (1934), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated, Maid in Hollywood (1934), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated, The Misses Stooge (1935), black & white, 18 minutes, not rated, and Top Flat (1935), black & white, 19 minutes, not rated.

Filmmuseum München, distributed by Edition Filmmuseum, 57, UPC/EAN 4-260100-33057-5.
Full-frame 4:3 PAL, two single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, optional German language subtitles, chapter stops, two-disc standard DVD keepcase, €29,95.
Release date: 17 December 2010.
Country of origin: Germany

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 8 / additional content: 8 / overall: 8.

This PAL collection has been produced by Filmmuseum München under the supervision of Stefan Drössler.

For details on the silent films in this collection, see our Feed ’em and Weep on home video and A Pair of Tights on home video pages.

The silent films in the collection are presented with music scores performed by Günter A. Buchwald, Joachim Bärenz and Christian Roderburg. The 1930s films are presented with their original soundtracks.

Among the supplementary material is a sneak peek at the restoration efforts on Going Ga-Ga (1929) which has survived in a fragmentary Czech print. The two fragments have been transferred from a very-good to excellent 35mm print (5 minutes).

The enclosed 20-page booklet features the article (in German) “Working Girls in Schwierigkeiten” by Anke Sterneborg, the article (in English) “Thelma Todd & ZaSu Pitts & Patsy Kelly” by Dave Stevenson, the article (in German) “Das Komikerinnenpaar Marion Byron & Anita Garvin” by Stefan Drössler, and the article (in English) “Marion Byron & Anita Garvin” by Cole Johnson, along with brief film credits.

This collection is highly recommended. North American collectors will need a PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.

 
This Region 0 PAL DVD edition is available directly from EDITION FILMMUSEUM.
Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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