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Towed in a Hole (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 31 December 1932 (USA)
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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Stanley: [Seeing Ollie covered with paint] What did you put that stuff on your face for?
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Fish for Sale
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Technical aspects greatly overshadow comedic ones
23 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Towed in a Hole concerns fish salesman Laurel and Hardy, as they drive around in their vehicle, aimless as ever, trying to see if they can sell any fish to make a profit. Laurel, after mustering up more thought than he may have ever in his life, suggests they catch their own fish, rather than splitting the profits with a middle-man who catches the fish for them. Hardy likes the idea, so the two buy a ratty boat from a junkyard and, predictably, problems ensue from the get-go, such as the condition of the boat along with the eventual task of getting it on the water.

This particular Laurel and Hardy short is noteworthy for two key reasons. For one, it has an ingenuous little special effect in the beginning, so serene and quick you may have missed it. It occurs when Hardy throws a bucket at Laurel, who narrowly misses it before the bucket bounces back and whacks Hardy in the face. One can see the primitive video effects employed so that the bucket could "miss" Laurel before hitting Hardy. The other noteworthy element is watching drama unfold in one particular claustrophobic space, which begs to be kept a secret until the short is actually watched. The claustrophobia in the film isn't a very high level, but it provides for notable variety for a duo that stuck to basic shot/setting structure for their shorts.

Other than the previous elements, little noteworthy humor comes out of Towed in a Hole, and when it does, it's derivative of the very shorts Laurel and Hardy have already done and done better. This is the first time where I've seen true technical aspects and footnotes take away from the humor in a comedy short but, in that case, it's just another thing to make Towed in a Hole notable for all reasons that aren't in the comedic department.

Starring: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Directed by: George Marshall.


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