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20 April 1929 (USA) See more »
The story of a man who turned the other cheek-and got punched in the nose.
Ollie and Stanley are two Christmas Tree sales reps who get into one of their usual mutual destruction fights with a homeowner. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Stan Laurel ... Stan

Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Finlayson ... Homeowner (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Retta Palmer ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lyle Tayo ... Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
James W. Horne  (as J. Wesley Horne)
Leo McCarey (supervising)
Writing credits
H.M. Walker (titles)

Leo McCarey  uncredited

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Israel (2011)
Cinematography by
George Stevens 
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier  (as Richard Currier)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lloyd French .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ham Kinsey .... props (uncredited)
Tom Mintz .... property master (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Graham .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Roach .... camera operator (uncredited)
Other crew
Leo McCarey .... supervising director (uncredited)
Dale Schrum .... car customizer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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19 min
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Hal Roach bought a house and its contents from a man, and sent him on his way in his Model T. When it came time to film this short, Roach arrived on location late in the afternoon and found that the actors and crew had actually destroyed the house next door.See more »
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Narrator:The story of a man who turned the other cheek - and got punched in the nose.
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
hilarious early Laurel and Hardy short, 21 February 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is the granddaddy of all Laurel and Hardy fight with the neighbor shorts. A small disagreement escalates to a near-world war and destruction and mayhem result. This formula worked great here and was reprised in such Laurel and Hardy films as TIT FOR TAT, TWO TARS and THE BULLFIGHTERS. All these fights are excellent, but I have to give a higher score to this film because it was the first and most outrageous.

Laurel and Hardy are door-to-door Christmas tree salesmen! Naturally, their business is terrible (since it is Stan and Ollie) and some of their prospective customers, namely James Finlayson, are irritated by their bothering them. Well, this mild irritation quickly escalates to breaking the boys car and the boys destroying the man's home. All this is very funny and well-paced and I especially liked the ending--it might just catch you by surprise. This silent short is about as good as you can find from this duo.

By the way, this film appears in an abbreviated form at the end of Robert Youngson's compilation film WHEN COMEDY WAS KING (1960).

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