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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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Stan Laurel suggested the ending, because his daughter was upset that Oliver Hardy was always hurting him. The tables were turned and Stan hurts Ollie, as a way to explain to her that they were "only pretending to hurt each other" See more »

Quotes

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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Edited into Zwei Ritter ohne Furcht und Tadel (1932) See more »

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Laurel and Hardy
10 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

One Good Turn (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

L&H set out to raise $100 when they overhear an elderly woman say she's going to be evicted. Not too many laughs in this one outside the opening sequence in the woods.

Leave 'Em Laughing (1928)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Laurel is suffering from a toothache so Hardy takes him to the dentist who accidentally fills them with laughing gas. The early gags of Hardy trying to pull the tooth are funny but the ending with the cars goes on a bit too long and gets rather tiresome.

They Go Boom! (1929)

*** (out of 4)

Hardy has a cold so it's up to Laurel to try and find a cure so that they can get a good night's sleep. Highlights include the mustard bath and the exploding mattress.

Thicker Than Water (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Laurel and Hardy waste $300 on a grandfather clock so Hardy's wife hits him with a frying pan and sends him to the hospital. Again, not too funny and the worst part is the ending where the two change personalities. This here should have been a lot funnier than it turned out.


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