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Chickens Come Home- (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 21 February 1931 (USA)
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 »

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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 at bay incur the wrath of the shrewish Mrs Laurel who takes her revenge with an axe. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Every man has a past - With some little "Indiscretion" he would like to bury. Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have thirty or forty they would like to cremate.

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21 February 1931 (USA)  »

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Chicken Come Home  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

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This bit of Laurel and Hardy insanity may qualify as a goof as well as trivia. When Stanley arrives at the house of Ollie's Old Flame (aka Ollie's Blackmailer, played by Mae Busch) to "get her organised" (i.e., keep her busy while Ollie has his dinner party), he's wearing a heavy overcoat with a coat-hanger sticking out of the neck. This could not be a mistake, and it is there throughout the scenes in Mae's rooms. When they begin fighting and go out in the hall, just before Stan falls out the window and they go to Ollie's house for the showdown, the coathanger is no longer to be seen. Nor is it ever mentioned nor explained. See more »

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Ollie and his blackmailer are sitting in a desk chair by a window. When people burst into the office, the chair is now suddenly on the other side of the desk. Moments later, the chair is back again behind the desk and near the window. See more »

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Introductory Card: Every man has a past - with some little "indiscretion" he would like to bury - Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have 30 or 40 they would like to cremate.
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Ku-Ku
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"Somebody's coming to my house......."
27 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

For my money this is probably my favorite of the L&H shorts (except, maybe for "Two Tars," or perhaps "County Hospital," or maybe "Helpmates," or "Another Fine Mess," or could be "Them Thar Hills"... oh well; you get the point). It's a hoot to see grandly pompous Ollie, in his run for mayor, brought low by the machinations of a former paramour from his "primrose days." Mae Busch, a stalwart regular in the L&H flicks, is wickedly wonderful as the old girlfriend. Ollie's sub rosa business with his knowing butler, good old Jimmy Finlayson, is a delight, and the comic high point - a thoroughly discomfited Ollie warbling "Somebody's Coming to My House" for his dinner guests, accompanied by his wife - as disaster approaches, is a treasure. The Boys will always live in the memory of their devoted fans, to whom they brought so much joy.


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