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Towed in a Hole (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy | Short  -  31 December 1932 (USA)
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Although they are successful fishmongers, Stan convinces Ollie that they should become fishermen too, but making a boat seaworthy is an easy task.

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Laurel and Hardy are in the fish business. They drive around town seeing if they can sell any. Stan suggests they catch their own fish and could keep all the profits when selling them to people. Ollie likes the idea so they buy a boat at the junk yard and try, sometimes unsuccessfully, to fix it up. When the boat is finally fixed up, the whole operation goes south. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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31 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barqueiro de Voga  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Other than a very brief appearance by Billy Gilbert, Laurel and Hardy are the only characters in the film. See more »

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When Stan is sawing the mast, the sawing sound is slower from inside the boat than the fast sawing sound from the outside shot of Ollie up painting the mast. See more »

Quotes

Stanley: You know, Ollie, I been thinkin'!
Oliver: What about?
Stanley: Well, if we caught our own fish, then we wouldn't have to pay for it and whoever we sold it to, it would be clear profit.
Oliver: Tell me that again!
Stanley: Well, if we caught our own fish, then the people we sold it to wouldn't have to pay for it, the profit would go to the fish...
Oliver: That's a pretty smart thought!
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Fish for Sale
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Composer unknown
Sung by Oliver Hardy
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In my view best Laurel and Hardy short
11 June 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

It has a laugh a minute and has some very sophisticated humour. Two fabulous bits stand out - one where Stan is washing the anchor chain and 'wrings' it into a bucket of water. The other is where Stan has been confined to the cabin and plays noughts and crosses with himself. In the finale, there is this wonderful scene where Stan and Ollie watch helplessly as their newly painted boat careers down the road under sail power and smashes into a million pieces. The film does not have too many set pieces but contains loads of small, exquisite gags which will have you doubling up with laughter.


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