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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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Complete credited cast:
Joe - Junkyard Owner


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 <>

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Comedy | Short


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31 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barqueiro de Voga  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


In the first few shots of Ollie his tie appears to be inside his overalls then his tie is outside of his overalls. See more »


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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Featured in Laurel & Hardy: Their Lives and Magic (2011) See more »


Fish for Sale
Composer unknown
Sung by Oliver Hardy
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excellent Laurel and Hardy fare
21 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is highly reminiscent of another Laurel and Hardy short, HELP MATES. They both concern this clumsy and dopey duo trying to fix something. In HELP MATES, it was home repair and here it is fixing up an old sailboat. In fact, now that I think about it, it's pretty much the same film all over again with only some minor differences. This, though, is not that bad, as regardless it is still very entertaining and funny. I particularly liked the paintbrush goatee that Ollie is sporting late in the movie after a mishap. And the ending, is pretty much as you'd expect--a total disaster. This is pure Laurel and Hardy and, like their best material, NOT set to music or a contrived plot--just simple stupidness--the way Laurel and Hardy are meant to be seen.

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