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Busy Bodies (1933)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy  -  7 October 1933 (USA)
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Stan and Ollie do battle with inanimate objects, their co-workers, and the laws of physics during a routine work day at the sawmill.


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It's a typical day at the woodshop for Stanley and Oliver, getting jammed in windows, puncturing water pipes, getting stuck to glue brushes, having tiffs with their co-workers, and finally getting their car cut in half in a giant band-saw. Written by Paul Penna <>

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Short | Comedy


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Release Date:

7 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Busy Bodies  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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What Hardy yanks at the hose connected to the sink, he is wet. When he comes out of the sawdust chute, there isn't ANY sawdust stuck to him. See more »


Ollie: [after he and Stan have landed after toppling over on the ladder and demolishing the utility shed, with Stan clutching Ollie's ears in terror] Will you let go of my EA-YUHS?
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »


(1928) (uncredited
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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20 minutes of slapstick perfection!
15 December 2002 | by (Amsterdam, Holland) – See all my reviews

This is probably the only movie that makes me cry of laughing each time I see it and I have seen it hundreds of times! Laurel & Hardy are really getting it on in this one.The way that Hardy gets "tortured" is unbelievable but never over the top.Just watch the scene when Laurel slams the door against Hardy after which Hardy slams the door back and gets a huge bucket on his head and then again the door,hilarious! Of course there is also the usual "in the camera looking" by Hardy(the scene with the sigar!).Busy Bodies is for me their best short feature and equals their long masterpiece Way Out West (10/10). Laurel & Hardy are truely the Kings of slapstick comedy,if you haven't seen this one you haven't lived! 10/10

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