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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Comedy | Short

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a 1908 sketch written by Stan Laurel's father. 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

Stan: [posing as the butler] You wish to see Colonel Buckshot?
Lord Leopold Plumtree: Why, I'd LOVE to! Hauw-haw-haw-huh-huh-huh-huh!
Stan: [turning away and calling toward the stairway] Colonel Buckshot!
[a few seconds pass with no answer]
Stan: Oh, Ollie - - uh - - Colonel Buckshot!
[No answer]
Stan: [speaking to Lord Plumtree and his wife] Wait there.
[He walks several yards to the foot of the stairs, then cups his hand to his mouth and hollers up the stairs]
Stan: Colonel BUCKshot...
[using his classic shrill whistle]
[...]
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Referenced in Inspector Lewis: The Ramblin' Boy: Part 1 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
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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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