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Nobody's Baby

Tuesday May, 22 2018 at 03:15 PM

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In the Hal Roach produced comedy Nobody's Baby (1937) Patsy Kelly plays Kitty, a wisecracking no-nonsense working girl who reluctantly befriends the glamorous and ditzy Lena (Lyda Roberti). As the two enter nursing school together, they are soon involved in a series of comic misunderstandings when a maternity patient (Rosina Lawrence) asks Kitty and Lena to look after her baby.

Nobody's Baby marked the first and only time that Patsy Kelly and Lyda Roberti were paired as a team in a feature film. Kelly had previously appeared with actress Thelma Todd in several popular comedy shorts for Hal Roach. However, when Todd died unexpectedly in 1935, Roach and Kelly needed to find a replacement, eventually settling on quirky Polish-born Lyda Roberti. The talented comediennes played well off each other and made two successful shorts together for Roach in 1936, At Sea Ashore and Hill-Tillies, before starring in the feature length Nobody's Baby.

Any long-term potential that Patsy Kelly and Lyda Roberti exhibited as a comedy team was sadly cut short when Roberti died suddenly of a heart attack shortly after the release of Nobody's Baby. The film stands as an enjoyable testament to the unique talents of two comediennes with very different styles that complimented one another quite nicely.

Producer: Hal Roach (uncredited)
Director: Gus Meins
Screenplay: Pat C. Flick, Harold Law, Hal Yates (writers)
Cinematography: Norbert Brodine
Art Direction: Arthur I. Royce
Music: Marvin Hatley
Film Editing: Ray Snyder
Cast: Patsy Kelly (Kitty Reilly), Lyda Roberti (Lena Marchetti), Lynne Overman (Det. Lt. Emory Littleworth), Robert Armstrong (Scoops Hanford), Rosina Lawrence (Yvonne Cortez), Don Alvarado (Tony Cortez), Jimmie Grier (Himself), Tom Dugan (Bus Conductor), Orrin Burke (Maurice, Nightclub Owner), Dora Clement (Miss Margaret McKenzie).

by Andrea Passafiume



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