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One Good Turn (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 31 October 1931 (USA)
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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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James Finlayson plays a character named...James Finlayson (in a parody of melodramatic films). See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Now I see it all.
Stanley: What?
Oliver: "What". Don't try to alibi. You know you stole this money from that old lady. Why guilt is written all over you.
Stanley: What do you mean?
Oliver: I mean that you're going to give this money back and make a full confession!
Stanley: A confession of what?
Oliver: And to think after all these years I've been fostering a common theif. A viper in my bosom!
Stanley: Whose bosom? What are you talking about?
Oliver: Don't try to bluff me! To think you would bite the hand that was feeding you. You snake in the grass. You ...
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Edited into Zwei Ritter ohne Furcht und Tadel (1932) See more »

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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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