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Release Date:
16 April 1932 (USA) See more »
Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy decided to reorganize and resupervise their entire financial structure- so they took the $3.80 and went into business.
Like the legendary Sisyphus, deliverymen Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stan Laurel ... Stan

Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dinah ... Susie the Horse (uncredited)

Billy Gilbert ... Professor von Schwarzenhoffen (uncredited)

William Gillespie ... Piano Salesman (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Postman (uncredited)
Hazel Howell ... Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen (uncredited)
Lilyan Irene ... Nursemaid (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Policeman (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Harry Graham (uncredited)
Marvin Hatley (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Len Powers (photographed by)
Walter Lundin (photographed by) (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier (edited by) (as Richard Currier)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Morey Lightfoot .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Greene .... recording engineer (as James Green)
Music Department
Marvin Hatley .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
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29 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Unlike now, when sound effects and background noise are usually created in post-production, recording engineers went on location to pick up authentic ambient noise.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen:[Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen is in the showroom listening to a player piano] Oh, I think it looks gorgeous, I'll take it!
Piano Salesman:I'm so glad you like it. As you can see, it's the latest model.
Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen:Can you deliver it right away?
Piano Salesman:Right away, madam.
Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen:You see, it's my husband's birthday, and I want to surprise him.
Piano Salesman:Oh, I understand. And the address, please?
Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen:1127 Walnut Avenue.
Piano Salesman:[the salesman writes down the address] 1127... Walnut Avenue.
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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
What Is The Meaning Of This? A Beacon Of Light., 19 October 2005
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

The Music Box was the first programme on TV that I saw my daughter really laugh at, aged 14 months in 1981, when the piano dragged Ollie at speed down the steps yet again. Probably also the first thing I laughed at too and at the moment the last in the latest of hundreds of times! Well, Laurel & Hardy shaped my and millions of others' senses of humour so I like to think hers was as well. Kids today who get the chance to see this and who can't get past the pre-digital black & white images to the gold that lies within are not only missing a treat but are probably also making an crucial life-choice too. All of the human condition is contained herein, therefore making it essential viewing also for extra-terrestrials!

They have to deliver a piano to an address - all kinds of catastrophes follow thick and fast. The gags are so perfectly written and executed, and are as utterly relentless as Stan & Ollie's drive to deliver the piano come Hell or pond-water. High-class slapstick disasters follow each other every minute of the 27 (un-remastered version), usually happening to Ollie - although Billy Gilbert's cosy little love-nest was looking a little dishevelled by the climax! The steps have been a Los Angeles tourist attraction for many years now, maybe the most fitting monument to L & H that there could be - if you like this little film that is!

All in all and probably predictably my favourite L & H outing, notwithstanding the similar brilliance of Sons Of The Desert, County Hospital, Thicker than Water, Busybodies, Below Zero etc etc etc.

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