I am afraid the story of Bebe, Zona and Lou will have to be a photo essay for the most part. As innocent and downright perky the trio were, no one thought to document their on screen stag antics.
Fortunately, the fellow who found the forties threesome has been generous enough to load them up on YouTube for all to enjoy.
There weren’t any female Three Stooges, but then one would not really like to see Moe, Larry and Curly dance around in scanties. So take Bebe, Zona and Lou! These young women were screen comedy pioneers, but more the kind shown on a sheet hanging on the wall of a gas station just out of town. By invitation only. NO nudity, not even close. In fact barely a glimpse of giant women’s briefs…but still, they manage to create some heat. Slapstick Stag! That’s the way it was back then.
They did some half a dozen or more shorts. A fellow who I won’t name found them, each a 16mm film (not 8mm) so they were at least semi-professional, and sure enough there actually was a Hollywood Q.T Productions, and it didn’t stand for Quentin Tarantino. I think it stood for “on the Q. T.” which is grandparent slang for secret or covert. These qualify. It also could stand for “cutie” which they were…even if one did assume the role of Moe.
What about the dames? Well…Hollywood is a cruel mistress. Presuming each used their real first names, and I believe they did…the complete credits are pretty slim. Zona Siggins was in “Wild Women of Wongo” an exploitation film of the same time. Bebe Berto was in it too! I guess they traveled in pairs! The girls played “Ulama Girls” which were Amazon Jungle babes who tormented explorers, I guess.
Bebe Berto was also in “Test Tube Babies” in 1948, and played “Zee Zee” in “The Devil’s Sleep.” Both films traveled the carnival and circus routes to be shown in smokers and Midnight Rambles after the kids went home.
The films are hilarious, innocent and quite lovely in a goofy girly way. Each actress was one of the thousands of women who thought themselves glamorous enough to make it in film. They did.
In 1948 there was a brief note that Q.T Productions was “under new management” in the Film World and A-V News.
A few of the series?
Figuratively Speaking (The Girls visit a “charm school” and stretch in their undies)
What the Bell Boy Saw (The Girls go to a hotel and stretch in their undies)
Hot Numbers (The Girls play strip poker and stretch in their undies)
Tillie’s Temptation (The Girls can’t help themselves and stretch in their undies, one of them anyway) You get the picture.
Charming film history graciously preserved and presented by a generous gentleman. No need to share them here, anyone will be able to find them.
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