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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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'Chickens Come Home' is a "three-reel' sound remake of the two-reel silent, 'Love 'Em And Weep' from 1927, which was also made at the Hal Roach Studios. Oliver Hardy (who had a bit part as a judge in the silent) plays the featured part, which was originally played by James Finlayson in the silent version. Finlayson is relegated to the small part of the butler in the sound version. Stan Laurel and Mae Busch play the same parts in both films. See more »

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(At around 3 mins) The camera is on the notepad and the pencil that Laurel is holding brakes. We can see that Laurel only squiggled on the notepad rather than writing the words Hardy had told him to write. -Those "squiggles" are in fact Shorthand, an abbreviated symbolic writing method that increases speed and brevity of writing as compared to a more common method of writing a language. Shorthand was used more widely in the past, before the invention of recording and dictation machines. See more »

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Busybody: Far be it for me, Mrs Laurel, to talk about anybody, but... don't trust any man. I've had five of 'em, and I know!
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Featured in The Crazy World of Laurel and Hardy (1966) See more »

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Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
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Blackmail
20 July 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

This is a remake of the silent comedy short Love 'em and Weep, with Ollie promoted from the role of judge to that of the prospective mayor who finds himself the target of blackmailing former girlfriend Mae Busch, while James Finlayson, who played Hardy's role in the first film, is relegated to that of butler. The original was a reasonably decent comedy with a few laughs, but this version is a much more polished effort. It's not the greatest Laurel & Hardy short, but it's still pretty good even though the duo don't share that much screen time.

My favourite gag from this film is one that doesn't actually receive any attention from the cast. Check out Stan as he pays a visit on the blackmailing femme fatale's apartment - you'll see the hooked top of a clothes hanger poking out from the back of his coat. Priceless.


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