Stanley and Oliver try unsuccessfully to keep their pet dog, "Laughing Gravy" hidden from their grumpy landlord, who throws the pooch out into the snow. The rescue and further attempts to hide the dog result in mayhem, which is interrupted by the arrival of a registered letter informing Stanley that he's inherited a fortune from his rich uncle. There's one catch, though: he has to renounce his friendship with Oliver, who the uncle characterizes as a "nitwit." Written by
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Laurel & Hardy liked the "animal in the boardinghouse" plot. They used it prior to this movie with a goat in Angora Love (1929) and would repeat it with a gorilla in The Chimp (1932). Many of the gags in this movie, including the bathing scene, originated in "Angora Love". See more »
When the boys are on the snow-covered roof, something gets Laughing Gravy's attention and he walks off the set-up out of camera range. After a brief cutaway to Charlie Hall, he's back right next to the boys. See more »
The humor of Laughing Gravy operates on the premises that 99% of the audience are pet lovers. Therefore anything that Stan and Ollie do to keep their little pooch Laughing Gravy from being tossed out to the elements of winter is absolutely justified. Even if landlord Charlie Hall has a no pet rule in his establishment.
And so most of the film is spent with them trying to get the little guy past the watchful eye of Hall. Remember this is the dead of winter with snow falling on the ground. Best moment in the film is poor Ollie in his nightshirt falling into a rain barrel partly frozen over. I get susceptible to pneumonia just looking at him.
The last part of the film also has Laurel getting $1000.00 inheritance from his uncle providing he severs all connection with Oliver Hardy who has held him back for years. Funny thing is that those are precisely the words Ollie said about Stan.
The World Court in The Hague would have a problem deciding on the merits of counter lawsuit has to who held back who. You be your own judge.
Stan and Ollie do prove that friendship can survive a lot.
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