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Perfect Day (1929)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 10 August 1929 (USA)
Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car... See full summary »

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Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car itself keeps acting up, requiring repeated exits and reboardings by the boys, their wives and grouchy, gout-ridden Uncle Edgar. A brick-throwing tiff with a neighbor threatens to escalate into general mayhem until the local parson strolls by. They finally manage to get underway, steering toward an innocent-looking mud puddle in the street. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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10 August 1929 (USA)  »

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Delícias de um Automobilista  »

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(Western Electric System)

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The version presently available is a late 1930's re-release with background music from the Block-Heads period added throughout. It's also been visually converted from its original taller, narrower 1.20:1 early sound ratio to the 1.33:1 standard ratio, so that tops of heads get chopped off in several sequences. See more »

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The last scene has the car sinking in the water. You can see a reflection of a man and a camera in the upper part of the windshield, as the car goes down. See more »

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Uncle Edgar: Oh, shit!
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Good Variety of Slapstick Material
10 July 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This Laurel & Hardy short feature has quite a variety of slapstick material. Most of it is rough physical humor - such as sore feet getting trodden upon and bricks being thrown through windows - but there are plenty of different, funny gags with a couple of subtle ones thrown in. Stan and Ollie are planning on taking their wives and their uncle (Edgar Kennedy) for a nice peaceful picnic, a "Perfect Day". They encounter difficulties even before getting out the door, and once they get into the car, the real chaos starts. Stanley has a very funny bit trying to change a tire, and there is a nicely done subtle joke when, in the midst of a heated 'tit-for-tat' battle with a neighbor, everyone suddenly jumps up and runs inside - what did they see? "Perfect Day" is a good comedy and worth a look.


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