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The Chimp (1932)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 21 May 1932 (USA)
Two bumbling circus performers inadvertently help drive the circus into ruin and then end up in possession of a flea circus and an oversized chimp.

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In lieu of back wages, the defunct circus that Stanley and Oliver have been working for pay them off with a flea circus and a trained chimpanzee named "Ethel." Unfortunately, that's also the name of their landlord's wife, and after the boys sneak the ape into their room, the jealous man draws some unfortunate conclusions when he overhears Oliver ordering Ethel to "come to bed." Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy's aesthetic nature thrilled at the beauties of circus life-Mr. Laurel never got any further than the monkey cage.

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21 May 1932 (USA)  »

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Il circo è fallito  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stan calls the escaped circus lion "MGM", a comic reference to the lion that introduced the Metro-Goldwyn Mayer movies. Hal Roach distributed the Laurel and Hardy films at this time through MGM. See more »

Goofs

The picture of "Ethel" the landlord is holding, and the actress portraying her are two different people. See more »

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Stan: [Hiding from escaped lion] I've just seen MGM!
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Monkeyshines With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
16 March 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short. In lieu of salaries, a bankrupt circus gives its property away to its workers. Stan gets the flea circus - Ollie is given Ethel, THE CHIMP. The big simian takes an immediate dislike to Ollie, but becomes very fond of Stan. Deciding to sell Ethel to the zoo, the Boys look for a hotel to spend the night. Trying to do so with a great, hairy beast in tow is hard enough; an escaped lion and a volatile landlord only ensure that getting a good night's sleep will be almost impossible.

A very funny little film, with genuine belly laughs. Watching Stan dance with Ethel is priceless. That's James Finlayson as the circus Ringmaster; Billy Gilbert plays the dyspeptic landlord.




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