Two homeless vagabonds hide out in a vacant mansion and pose as the residents when prospective lessees arrive and try to rent it.

Director:

Writer:

(dialogue)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hog Wild (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Ollie can't find his hat, much to the amusement of his wife and maid. Then Ollie and Stan attempt to install a rooftop radio antenna.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Yola d'Avril
Below Zero (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Bobby Burns
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame (Mae Busch) tries to blackmail him with a old photo ('just the same old apple-cheeked boy'). Stan's attempts to help Ollie keep the blackmailer ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch
Night Owls (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy
Be Big! (1931)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in ... See full summary »

Directors: James W. Horne, James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Chet Brandenburg
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Daphne Pollard
Beau Hunks (1931)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James W. Horne
Our Wife (1931)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson
Blotto (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Stan fakes receiving a telegram so he can go to a club with Ollie and a bottle of his unsuspecting wife's liquor, but she overhears his plans.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Barbershop owners Stanley and Oliver both answer a personal ad from a rich widow seeking a husband. Oliver hides Stanley's reply and mails just his own. When Oliver receives a proposal of ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Stan and Ollie try to hide their pet dog Laughing Gravy from their exasperated, mean tempered landlord, who has a "No Pets" policy.

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard
One Good Turn (1931)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mary Carr
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Homeless, penniless and one step ahead of the police, Stanley and Oliver take refuge in the home of big-game hunter Colonel Buckshot while the owner is on safari. When Lord and Lady Plumtree call to enquire about renting the house, Oliver pretends to be Colonel Buckshot, while Stanley masquerades as both butler and maid. All goes as well as can be expected, with Lady Plumtree and Stanley, in his guise as "Agnes," engaging in girl talk, until the real Colonel Buckshot returns unexpectedly. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have many ups and downs -- Mr. Hardy takes charge of the upping, and Mr. Laurel does most of the downing.

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dick und Doof als Wohnungsagenten  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A Remake of their 1927 Silent Duck Soup See more »

Goofs

Although the house is owned by Col. Wilburforce Buckshot, the wrought-iron front door is embellished with a large S. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: Ahhh... at last I have found it, Lord Appletree!
Lady Plumtree: PLUMtree... PLUMtree! Lord Leopold PLUMtree! Accent on the "LUM". My cahd.
[He reaches in his pocket for another card, but accidentally takes out three cards at once, which he hands to Hardy]
Ollie: [leafing through the cards and reading them off one-by-one] "Plumtree"... "Plumtree"... "Plumtree"... I am terribly sorry.
See more »

Connections

Featured in MacGyver: Passages (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Something a little different from the boys
5 July 2004 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

From the moment this movie begins we know we're in for something a tad unusual. In the early talkie days the folks at the Hal Roach Studio experimented with a new format for delivering opening credits: instead of simply filming title cards in traditional fashion, they built a spiffy Art Deco stage set, complete with proscenium arch, and hired a pair of young girls called the Crane Twins to march out onto the stage to deliver the film's credits verbally. The girls, who are dressed as bellboys, speak in unison at first, then alternate, then bow in tandem as they conclude. The effect is quite odd and (inadvertently?) funny, and kicks off Another Fine Mess on a curious note. The twins introduced several concurrently produced comedies featuring Charley Chase, Our Gang and the 'Boy Friends,' but this marks their only appearance in a Laurel & Hardy movie. I find the girls rather endearing myself, but in any case Roach's experiment with spoken credits didn't last long.

Enter Laurel & Hardy chased by a cop, and we're back on familiar terrain. And yet things aren't quite so familiar after all, for it soon becomes apparent that this film has a different feel from the average L&H comedy. There's an actual plot, comparatively little slapstick, and an unusual amount of verbal humor. It's no surprise to learn that Another Fine Mess was based on a stage sketch, because once the boys seek refuge in the house where most of the action takes place, it does indeed feel like a stage act is underway, as they engage in an extended routine involving disguise and mistaken identity, with some farcical elements included for good measure. Ordinarily Laurel & Hardy didn't place much emphasis on dialog humor as such, but here they do, and happily the material is pretty funny. (Interestingly, the sketch that served as this film's source material was written by Stan Laurel's father, who was a theatrical manager and playwright, though it was said that the old gent did not approve of this adaptation.) In any other L&H short the guys would've spent five or ten minutes trying and failing to enter the house, but this time they've got a rendezvous with The Plot and not so much time for physical shtick.

As it happens, the guys have taken refuge in the home of Colonel Buckshot, who has supposedly departed for Africa. His servants, who were entrusted to rent the place out, have also left for a weekend vacation. Complications ensue with the arrival of a honeymooning couple, Lord and Lady Plumtree, who are interested in renting the place. Even bigger complications are set in motion by Ollie's decision to open the door to the couple in order to get rid of them, which forces Stan to impersonate the butler, which in turn forces Ollie to impersonate Colonel Buckshot, which in turn forces Stan to impersonate Agnes the maid. That's what I love about this movie, that decisive moment that starts the ball rolling. All the guys had to do was ignore the doorbell and wait for the couple to leave, but then they wouldn't be Laurel & Hardy, and we wouldn't have this fine mess to enjoy.

It's amusing to watch Ollie brazenly attempt to assume the role of the wealthy Colonel Buckshot, behaving the way Ollie believes such people behave, and he's well matched by Stan's quick-change impersonations of Hives the butler and Agnes the maid. I especially enjoy the scene between Agnes and Lady Plumtree. We have to assume that Thelma Todd's barely suppressed laughter throughout the scene is genuine; I mean, playing opposite Stan in drag, listening to him ramble on and giggle nervously, who wouldn't crack up? While it's true that the musical score and sound effects used in Another Fine Mess are somewhat more emphatic than the typical Roach comedy of the period, as an earlier reviewer pointed out, I feel this gives the film an agreeably wacky, "cartoon-y" feel suitable to the situation. I love the moment when the real Colonel (Jimmy Finlayson, underplaying as usual) returns home and tries to grasp what has happened. His furious response prompts the silliest wrap-up ever contrived for a L&H short. It's a laugh-out-loud ending -- it was for me, anyway -- and it ensures this movie's status as a treat for comedy connoisseurs.


22 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where Is That Mansion Located? oceanblvd1
The funniest thing in 'Another Fine Mess'... mrs_m_norris
STAN'S SUIT rrjustron
Hives, the butler mheckman-1
Discuss Another Fine Mess (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page