Monday, June 24, 2013


THE TIN MAN is A 1935 entry in the Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly series. I happened to find it on youtube. It may not be there for long because they tend to remove films that are still under copyright, but for the moment it can be seen there.

The title of this movie is meant to be a parody of the "Thin Man" movies which starred William Powell and Myrna Loy, although the "Tin Man" in the story can be seen as another version of the Frankenstien monster from another film series of the time. Today the term "Tin Man" is usually thought of in connection with the character in THE WIZARD OF OZ, particularly the character played by Jack Haley in the 1939 version with Judy Garland. Oliver Hardy had played the same character in the 1935 silent version with Larry Semon.

 The story involves a mad scientist and his woman-hating robot as well as a stray gangster who sneaks in on the proceedings and proceeds to get clobbered along with the others, leading to his pleading to be returned to the peaceful penitentiary at the end. . Also in the cast are Matthew Betz, Clarence Wilson, and Billy Bletcher (the voice of the Tin Man ).



THE WIZARD OF OZ ( Silent version with Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man ):

THE WIZARD OF OZ ( 1939 version with Jack Haley as the Tin Man ):

THE WIZARD OF OZ web site:


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