Cinema: The New Pictures Jul. 7, 1930

Caught Short (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). The stockmarket is only distantly related to the activities of Marie Dressier and Polly Moran, boardinghouse keepers in a suburban community, who are the central figures of this picture. There are funny moments but almost none of the picture, except for outworn slapstick devices, is comedy at all. Audiences squeal with laughter at the irritability, the pomposity, the numberless sharp, unhappy angles, all grossly caricatured, which life has inflicted on these rival landladies. So sharply and truly are the characters realized and so right, at times, are the lines written...

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