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Another Fine Mess (1930)

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

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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>

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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.

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29 November 1930 (USA)  »

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Dick und Doof als Wohnungsagenten  »

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(Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

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Trivia

The main titles for "Another Fine Mess," one of the team's earliest sound comedies, is spoken by two pretty girls in movie usher uniforms. 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

Officer: Say, Kelly, did a couple of bozos come through here?
Other Officer: Yeah, a couple just ran in there, why?
Officer: Well, they was trying to make a HOTEL out of the city park - - they had even put a couple of benches together so they could have twin beds! And when I told them to move on, the little fella tips his hat and says "yes ma'am." That's what I'm sore about!
Ollie: [after finding that they have gotten locked into Colonel Buckshot's celler by the doors' outside latch-hooks falling shut] Well - - here's ANOTHER nice ...
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Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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Absurdly inspired detail makes this film hilarious.

One of the better films of the talkie era, this short, based around the earlier pre-teaming Laurel & Hardy classic 'Duck Soup' flows well with Stan constantly having to switch his disguise back and forth between butler and maid.

It's attention to detail that makes this film so funny. The ridiculous guffawing Lord Plumtree, the timely return of Colonel Buckshot (James Finlayson) who is a step ahead of his imposter (Oliver Hardy), and the totally bizarre pantomime-whatever-it-is ending which, as the audience returns to reality, leaves an impression which makes them say "What in the name of sanity was that?!!". A hilarious film. 8/10.


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