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Below Zero (1930)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 26 April 1930 (USA)
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 »

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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 <tterrace@wco.com>

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The freezing winter of '29 will long be remembered- Mr. Hardy's nose was so blue, Mr. Laurel shot it for a jay-bird.

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26 April 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

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Though Frank Holliday Sr., the police officer in this film, appears to be in his thirties, he was just about to turn 18 when the film was finished. See more »

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When the two take off running with the wallet, Hardy has it. After they crash into the cop, Laurel suddenly has it. See more »

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In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
Lyrics by Ren Shields
Sung by Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel, with Hardy on bass violin and Laurel on piano
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Tain't a fit night out for Stan or Ollie
5 September 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

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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