MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,612 this week

One Good Turn (1931)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy  -  31 October 1931 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 731 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 2 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

(dialogue by)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2071 titles
created 10 Aug 2011
 
a list of 1318 titles
created 01 Aug 2012
 
a list of 120 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 5353 titles
created 1 month ago
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "One Good Turn" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: One Good Turn (1931)

One Good Turn (1931) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of One Good Turn.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Daphne Pollard
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two homeless vagabonds hide out in a vacant mansion and pose as the residents when prospective lessees arrive and try to rent it.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard
Helpmates (1932)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Bobby Burns
Perfect Day (1929)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the hospital with a broken leg Ollie is visited by Stan, who brings him hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and total mayhem.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert
Dirty Work (1933)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Samuel Adams
Our Wife (1931)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson
Below Zero (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Bobby Burns
Night Owls (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy
Me and My Pal (1933)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

It's the morning of Oliver's wedding to oil baron Peter Cucumber's daughter. While waiting for the taxi to take them to the ceremony, Oliver and his best man Stanley become absorbed in a ... See full summary »

Directors: Charley Rogers, Lloyd French
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson
Scram! (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ordered out of town by angry Judge Beaumont, vagrants Stanley and Oliver meet a congenial drunk who invites them to stay at his luxurious mansion. The drunk can't find his key, but the boys... See full summary »

Directors: Ray McCarey, Lloyd French, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Richard Cramer
Blotto (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Stan fakes receiving a telegram so he can go to a club with Ollie and a bottle of his unsuspecting wife's liquor, but she overhears his plans.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Mary Carr ...
Old Lady
James Finlayson ...
A Community Player
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Retter in der Not  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Stanley: I don't know anything about cutting wood.
Oliver: Well, you ought to. You once told me your father was in the lumber business.
Stanley: I know he was, but it was only in a small way.
Oliver: What do you mean small way?
Stanley: He used to sell toothpicks.
Oliver: Well, go ahead and make some toothpicks. Be a chip off of the old block.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Yankee Doodle Doctor (1972) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Rare stuff... hyrule222000
Some trivia that I read wanorman2000
I DON'T UNDERSTAND rrjustron
Discuss One Good Turn (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?