On the Loose (1931 film)

On the Loose is a 1931 American pre-Code comedy short released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, produced and directed by Hal Roach, and starring ZaSu Pitts and Thelma Todd. Laurel and Hardy make a cameo appearance.

On the Loose
Directed byHal Roach
Produced byHal Roach
Written byH. M. Walker
StarringZaSu Pitts
Thelma Todd
Stan Laurel (cameo)
Oliver Hardy (cameo)
Music byLeroy Shield
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • December 26, 1931 (1931-12-26)
Running time
20 min
CountryUnited States


The short begins with Thelma and ZaSu entering their shared New York apartment and complaining about all of the cheap, monotonous dates they recently have endured. In every case their boyfriends have taken them to Coney Island. The next day, while stopping along a city sidewalk, a passing car splashes them with mud and water. The young male driver stops and offers to buy them some new clothes. They accept his offer and later agree to go on a date, which yet again involves a trip,to Coney Island. The date does not go well, and they are relieved to go home.

Laurel and Hardy cameo

At the end of the film there is a knock at Thelma and ZaSu's apartment door. Stan and Ollie appear and ask them to go on a date to Coney Island. Angered by the offer, the frustrated roommates start throwing ornaments at Stan and Oliver who beat a hasty retreat. Laurel and Hardy are on screen for only 41 seconds.


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