In this comedic short film, Patsy Kelly tries to stay with Thelma Todd at the hospital where she works, but Thelma is forced to pretend that Patsy is a patient.
Ronald R Rondell
James P. Burtis
Opened by Mistake
In 1933, Pitts left Roach after unsuccessful contract negotiation, and Todd's wide-eyed, naive co-star was replaced with a salty-tongued brunette named Patsy Kelly (probably best remembered today as one of the conspiring senior citizens in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby ). One film was cranked out per month, with the actors shooting for two solid weeks, then taking two weeks off to allow for the completion of one film and the preproduction of another.
The earliest of the group is Opened by Mistake (1934), directed by Parrott. Todd is a surgical nurse who allows her brash pal Patsy to crash in one of the hospital's vacant beds. Unfortunately, she ends up in room 13 and is whisked off to surgery for an emergency appendectomy. While the Todd/Kelly comedies are usually driven by snappy, slangy dialogue (imagine a Busby Berkeley musical without the dance numbers), Opened by Mistake is a throwback to the physical comedy for which the Roach Studios was better known. The best gag is a surreal slow-motion sequence in which Patsy and a stern nurse attempt to gas each other, while themselves falling prey to the fumes.
Producer: Hal Roach
Director: James Parrott
Cast: Thelma Todd (Thelma), Patsy Kelly (Patsy), Nora Cecil (Head Nurse), William Burress (Banker, Patsy's Boss), James P. Burtis (Traffic Cop (uncredited), Allan Cavan (Doctor (uncredited), Fanny Cossar (Assistant Head Nurse (uncredited), Virginia Crawford (Nurse (uncredited), James Eagles (Banker's Secretary (uncredited), Mary Egan (Nurse (uncredited).
by Bret Wood