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The Chimp (1932)

Passed  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  21 May 1932 (USA)
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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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Short | Comedy

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21 May 1932 (USA)  »

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Il circo è fallito  »

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Trivia

According to Orville Goldner in the book 'The Making of King Kong', Charles Gemora, who played the ape in this picture, tried to take credit for playing the original King Kong. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Ollie: Ethel! Come back to bed!
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Somewhere between a 6 and 7. Still I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.
11 September 2006 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

It's really difficult to rate this movie. The movie beginning very promising and solid but soon descents to a lower level, due to some improbable moments and dragging humor.

Reason why I still decided to rate this movie a 7 is due to the first halve of the movie which is set in a circus. The humor and slapstick moments in the first halve are extremely well placed and executed by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Also the presence of James Finlayson as the ringmaster is a reason to consider this movie an above average Laurel & Hardy picture. Finlayson delivers some fine comical lines in this movie and adds to the amusement level of the movie.

The second part of the movie in which the boys have a some mishaps with their chimp (a guy in a monkey-suit) too often gets too ridicules and simple to consider it funny all of the time. The humor is for most part dragging, also because of this very reason. Definitely not Laurel & Hardy finest moment.

The first halve and some other minor things still however make sure that this movie is an above, although slightly, average movie from Laurel & Hardy by director James Parrott, who in the same year also directed the far more classic Laurel & Hardy short movie; "The Music Box".

Entertaining enough but could had been far more classic, if the rest of the movie was just as good and solid as the first halve.

7/10

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