Introduction to Patsy Kelly-Lyda Roberti Shorts
Brooklyn-born Kelly (1910-1981) parlayed her dumpy look and deadpan, wisecracking comic style into an impressive career in films, radio and television. She returned to the stage in triumph in Broadway's No, No, Nanette (1971) and Irene (1972), winning a Tony Award for the former musical and another nomination for the latter. Roberti (1906-1938) was born the daughter of a clown in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to the U.S. in late 1920s. During an all-too-brief career, her sexy blonde beauty, unusual accent and playful personality lighted up nightclubs and Broadway shows as well as movies.
At Sea Ashore (1936) -- Attempting to get to the docks to greet the arriving Lyda, Patsy is mistaken for an illegal immigrant. William H. Terhune directed, and Chill Wills is also in the cast.
Hill-Tillies (1936) -- Patsy and Lyda go on a rugged camping trip in the woods as a publicity stunt. Gus Meins directed this, the last of Kelly's two-reelers for Roach.
by Roger Fristoe