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County Hospital (1932)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 25 June 1932 (USA)
In the hospital with a broken leg Ollie is visited by Stan, who brings him hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and total mayhem.

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May Wallace ...
Miss Wallace - Head Nurse
William Austin ...
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Estelle Etterre ...
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Lilyan Irene ...
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Dorothy Layton ...
Nurse
Sam Lufkin ...
Policeman
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Storyline

Visiting Oliver in the hospital where he's recovering from a broken leg, Stanley wreaks havoc on both his friend (getting Oliver strung up from the ceiling by his cast-encased leg) as well as the doctor, who winds up dangling out the window. After they're ordered out, Stanley tries to drive Oliver home, unaware that he's just accidentally injected himself with a powerful sedative. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy fell on his leg and was laid up for two months. Mr. Laurel fell on his head and hadn't felt better in years.

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Short | Comedy

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25 June 1932 (USA)  »

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Estado Grave  »

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(Western Electric System)

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The Doctor: Ah! Good morning, good morning, good morning! And how is my little patient today?
Oliver: Just fine, thank you, doctor. This is my friend, Mr. Laurel.
The Doctor: I hope I find you well?
Stanley: Thank you, ma'am.
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Crazy Credits

The original MGM credits were replaced around 1937 for a reissue in which the names of the director and others were removed. The Film Classics reissue, based on the 1937 reissue (and issued on DVD), removed all references to MGM although the opening lion can still be heard on the soundtrack. See more »

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Referenced in The Dancing Masters (1943) See more »

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Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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A Rather Resourceful Laurel & Hardy Comedy
6 February 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is one of the Laurel & Hardy comedies that show how resourceful they could be in getting the most out of the limited resources within a confined setting. Most of the gags work well, and only a somewhat uneven finale keeps it from being among the better of their two-reel comedies.

The simple story setup has Oliver in the "County Hospital" as a patient in traction, with Stanley stopping by to visit. You would hardly expect that anyone could get into so much trouble in a confined space, but they come up with a lot of comedy ideas, from hard-boiled eggs to the traction equipment, and more, with a couple of particularly good ones.

The climactic sequence is a bit hard to figure, because the back projection so obviously does not match the main footage. It's so much out of sync that you almost wonder whether it was done deliberately for the sake of comic effect, or whether it had to be left that way due to limits on time or money. In any case, this is a funny comedy with a few bits that are quite good.


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