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The Laurel & Hardy Moving Co. have a challenging job on their hands (and backs): hauling a player piano up a monumental flight of stairs to Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen's house. Their task is complicated by a sassy nursemaid and, unbeknownst to them, the impatient Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen himself. But the biggest problem is the force of gravity, which repeatedly pulls the piano back down to the bottom of the stairs. Finally, the irate Professor explodes in fury to discover the "mechanical blunderbuss" in his home, not knowing it was a surprise birthday present from his wife. Written by
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This won the Oscar as "Best Short Subject" of 1932, the only such honor bestowed on a Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy film, and was also the first short to be so honored. See more »
Obviously fake piano and empty packing-crate, since The Boys could never have lifted/moved either one so easily if the piano was real (two places in the film where this is especially obvious are when they first slide the box out --- quite effortlessly and noiselessly --- from their wagon, and when they casually lift and start to carry the piano out of the room when the ravingly-furious Prof orders them to take it away). See more »
[walks out of the house and looks up at him]
There's somebody home.
Are they up there?
No, I heard them coming up the stairs.
You heard them coming up... Why stupid, that was me!
That was you?
Well how'd you get in the house?
Well I was standing on the ladder while you were pulling the piano up and the block and tack...
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Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy, a piano and a house right at the top of a flight of steps. Sounds like a recipe for success, and it is.
'The Music Box' sees our dysfunctional heroes as delivery men who have to take a large, heavy piano to the house of the von Schwarzenhoffens (the mad professor and the twittery wife, typically staple characters of comedy shorts). First they have to get it to the house (up a lot of steps!), then they have to get it inside, installed, and working.
A small supporting cast of tiny cameo roles includes Lilyan Irene as a giggly nursemaid, Billy Gilbert as the blustering Professor, and Charlie Hall as the smart Alec postie. The delight of 'The Music Box' is watching Laurel and Hardy themselves, consummate comedy performers, with their slapstick and their engaging personalities.
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