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Pitts & Todd Comedy Shorts

US. NR. 1 hour 17 minutes. Sonar. 35mm.
Sun., April 22, 2018
Member Passes Accepted
Sunday
April 22, 2018
1:30 pm

Many duos loom large in the world of comedy: Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Martin & Lewis to name just a few. But one of the most overlooked duos was the winning team of Zasu Pitts & Thelma Todd. Put together by producer Hal Roach (Our Gang), Pitts & Todd were a major success (at one time they even out-grossed some of the biggest names in the business), but after 17 short films the duo split due to the contract shenanigans of Roach. Hopes of a Pitts & Todd reunion were quashed with Todd’s mysterious death in 1935. The Colonial is proud to present three of their funniest two-reel wonders on the big screen: The Soilers, War Mamas,  and Maids à la Mode. Plus: a bonus screening of Laurel& Hardy’s Helpmates!

Maids à la Mode from the Collection of the Library of Congress.

The Soilers and War Mamas preserved by the Library of Congress.