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The Music Box (1932)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  16 April 1932 (USA)
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Like the legendary Sisyphus, deliverymen Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs.

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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 Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy decided to reorganize and resupervise their entire financial structure- so they took the $3.80 and went into business.

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16 April 1932 (USA)  »

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Caixa de Música  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

The crate that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy wrestle with was empty, but the one shown sliding down the staircase really did have an upright piano in it. As it careens down the steps muffled, discordant tones can be heard. See more »

Goofs

When the wooden crate first falls in the fountain in the master shot, it is clearly empty because it is floating. When the camera cuts to a closer shot, it has clearly been weighted down and is not floating. See more »

Quotes

Stan: Say listen, don't you think you're bounding over your step?
Policeman: What do you mean bounding over my step?
Ollie: Why, he means overstepping your bounds.
Policeman: Oh.
[hits Stan on head with his baton]
Policeman: Now let that be a lesson to you!
[pokes him in the stomach]
Stan: Ooh!
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Connections

Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
(1814) (uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
Performed offscreen on piano by Marvin Hatley
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Not just Laurel and Hardy's best, but the funniest movie ever made.
25 October 2000 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Put simply, this is the funniest movie of all time. I cannot believe that there is anyone in the world who can watch this film and not be in hysterics by the last scene. Laurel and Hardy provided the template for all (and I mean all) comedy films that followed, and this was their absolute best.


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