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 ...
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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 »
Stan and Ollie give evidence which convicts vicious gangster Butch. They plan to leave town and advertise for a traveling companion to share expenses. Butch's girl replies to the advert and... See full summary »
Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »
Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and... See full summary »
Novice policemen Stanley and Oliver, eating lunch in their patrol car, nearly have their spare tire stolen by a thief and his sassy partner. They then miss the broadcast address of a ... See full summary »
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 »
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 »
Door-to-door greeting card salesmen Stanley and Oliver call upon Mrs. Pierre Gustave, a woman distraught over her husband's neglect. They agree to her plan to reclaim her husband's ... See full summary »
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 woman. Their luck seems to turn when they find a wallet full of money, but are about to lose it to a thief when a passing policeman chases the thug off. The boys treat the officer to a meal, but when Stanley pulls out the wallet to pay, the cop recognizes it as his own. Rather than running them in as pickpockets, he pays his own tab and leaves Stanley and Oliver at the mercy of the gruff headwaiter. Written by
Paul Penna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Below Zero must have struck a poignant note with Depression audiences as it opens with Laurel and Hardy trying to earn some kind of living as street entertainers during the dead of winter. For too many people it was real.
And it was also real that these two had no outerwear of any kind. It was a great visual affect with both Stan and Ollie wearing their usual attire and Ollie looked especially ridiculous in a suit jacket that was way too small that he could barely button.
Anyway after they annoy some folks with their rendition of In The Good Old Summertime, a particularly inappropriate choice of music for the occasion their instruments get smashed. But as luck would have it they find a wallet with cash in it and decide to share their good fortune with a cop who chased away someone who tried to take the wallet from them.
After which the boys and the cop played by Frank Holliday decide to eat at Tiny Sandford's establishment which has a strict policy on deadbeats. During dinner Stan gets off a few remarks showing how unsophisticated he is in regard to fine dining to which Ollie properly asks, "where was you brung up?"
It all blows up in their faces and the boys do face the wrath of Sandford the proprietor. It ends with Stan thrown in a rain barrel of freezing water and when Ollie gets him out, let's just say the sight of Stan and how he avoided drowning is one of the best visual gags I've ever seen in a Laurel and Hardy film.
Below Zero is one of their best short subjects.
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