Saturday, June 8, 2013

Gertie Green (THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS, 1934)

GERTRUDE GREEN was yet another "dumb blonde" who played telephone operators in the 1930s, but unlike most of her sisters she is still very much with us today. Not in life, alas (the native New Yorker passed away age 74 in 1988), but as one of the three gang molls in the fourth THREE STOOGES comedy short for Columbia, THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS. Gertie is decidedly the dumbest of the three broads but you'd be forgiven if you didn't notice her; one of the others is none other than a very young Lucille Ball, who has a way with a line even this early in her lustrous career. For the record, the third moll, a brunette, is played by Phyllis Crane.

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