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One Good Turn (1931)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy  -  31 October 1931 (USA)
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Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not... See full summary »

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Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not pay the mortgage. Not realizing that they are hearing a rehearsal for a play, the boys decide to auction their car to help. In the confusion surrounding the auction, Stan finds himself in possession of a fat wallet and Ollie accuses him of stealing the old lady's money. When the truth is revealed, Stan exacts painful retribution. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Seeing America: Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have cast off all financial worries- Total assets: one Ford, model 1911, one tent, model 1861, One union suit, two shirts and three socks.

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Short | Comedy

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31 October 1931 (USA)  »

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Retter in der Not  »

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The finale in the film, where Stan retaliates against Ollie, was inspired by Stan's daughter (Lois). After Lois had seen so many movies in which Ollie mistreated Stan, she became fearful of Ollie (known to her as "Uncle Babe"). So, Stan decided to write a scene that showed his character could stand up for himself. After that, Lois got along just fine with Ollie. See more »

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Old lady: [Ollie shoves Stan through the door] What on earth is the matter?
Oliver: Madam, my one-time friend Mr. Laurel has a confession to make.
Old lady: Confession?
Oliver: Yes. He's the one who stole your money and left you at the mercy of that villain!
Old lady: There must be some mistake.
Oliver: There's no mistake. It's all too true. Why I caught him red handed.
Old lady: There hasn't been any money stolen. We were just rehearsing a play for the community players.
[laughs]
Oliver: [after long pause; nervously twiddles his tie] I must have made a faux pas.
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Helping An Old Lady With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
2 June 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short.

Believing ONE GOOD TURN deserves another, Stan & Ollie try to raise money for a sweet old lady who's been kind to them, in the mistaken belief she's about to be turned out of her home by a nasty creditor.

A very funny little film. Highlight: Stan's attempts to put out the campfire. That's Mary Carr as the old lady, James Finlayson as the Community Player & Billy Gilbert as a drunk.


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