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Release Date:
23 January 1932 (USA) See more »
When the cats are away, the mice start looking up telephone numbers
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Stan Laurel ... Stan

Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Burns ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Robert Callahan ... Messenger (uncredited)
Blanche Payson ... Mrs. Hardy (uncredited)

Directed by
James Parrott 
Writing credits
H.M. Walker (dialogue)

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Art Lloyd (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier (edited by) (as Richard Currier)
Sound Department
Elmer Raguse .... recording engineer
Music Department
Marvin Hatley .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter

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Also Known As:
20 min | Argentina:21 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S (1959) | Germany:o.Al. | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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At one point Stan Laurel gives out a phone number, and it was his own personal number at the time.See more »
Continuity: Stan has attached the drying line to the kitchen door and, when Ollie opens it, he pulls down the chimney pipe from the stove and is hit by a cloud of soot. Stan comes over and takes off Ollie's hat, and, trying to clean it , blows the soot from the top into Ollie's face. But the top of his hat was white and clean in the previous shot.See more »
Ollie:Get this house cleaned up! Do you know that my wife will be home at noon!
Stan:Say, what do you think I am? Cinderella? If I had any sense I'd walk out on you.
Ollie:Well it's a good thing you haven't any sense!
Stan:It certainly is!
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Stan and Ollie take up home repair, 21 February 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

What would you expect from Stan and Ollie when it comes to making home repairs? Yep, absolute chaos and destruction as well as a healthy dose of violence that's highly reminiscent of a Wiley Coyote cartoon. Any normal person would have been killed by all the terrible things that happen to him, but somehow Ollie survives. And, of course, Stanley is about as helpful as an elephant on roller skates. Time and time again, the viewer is rewarded by good old fashioned slapstick that is, at times, painful to watch! While this may not be their absolute best short, it is among their best and well worth your time. Cerebral humor? Nope. But funny? Absolutely.

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