In 1933, with the
Five studios had their individual films shown for a special screening at Paramount Studios on
The films ran the gamut between comedy and drama, most ran under 7 minutes, but all supporting the NRA and
M-G-M whipped up Jimmy Durante in song with “Give A Man A Job”, which can be seen here. Keep an eye out for Moe Howard from the Three Stooges in a bit part talking about rats!
Charlie Ruggles and Mary Boland appeared in
Over at Fox, our blog idol Monsieur Brendel was starring with Zasu Pits and Esther Muir in “Mother’s Helper” and concerns with a housewife’s demand for a 40 hour work week. The film is described by Variety as such:
"El Brendel tries to explain in a Weber and Fieldian manner how his working only 40 hours weekly will give another man employment. When his wife, Zasu Pitts, wants to know if the NRA affects housewives, Brendel explains he has attended to that and brings in the hot looking Esther Muir, explaining that in the future she’ll take care of half of Miss Pitts wifely duties. Miss Pitts conks Brendel for the fade out."
That’s it, but what more could there be as the film only lasted about 2 minutes! This film is NEVER listed in any Brendel or Pitts filmography and I just found out about its existance last year. El and Zasu were still a couple of months from starting the cameras rolling on “The Meanest Gal In Town” for R-K-O (which, of course, will be written about in the future) and Zasu was making films at Fox around the time this short was filmed, so I think that's why she was paired with El.
As for the survival rate of these shorts, a 35mm nitrate print (perhaps the only one in existence) of “Mother’s Helper” was sold to a collector a few years ago so it DOES exist (although I haven’t seen it). We know (and can see) that the M-G-M film is available and Warner Brother’s contribution is in the National Archives and was screened there this past February. As for R-K-O,