Up 17,119 this week

Busy Bodies (1933)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy  -  7 October 1933 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 1,173 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 1 critic

Stan and Ollie do battle with inanimate objects, their co-workers, and the laws of physics during a routine work day at the sawmill.


0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 141 titles
created 23 Oct 2010
a list of 25 titles
created 06 Jan 2011
a list of 2149 titles
created 28 May 2011
a list of 4468 titles
created 27 Oct 2011
a list of 1624 titles
created 09 Jan 2012

Search for "Busy Bodies" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Busy Bodies (1933)

Busy Bodies (1933) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Busy Bodies.




Complete credited cast:


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Short | Comedy


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

7 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Busy Bodies  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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?
See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »


(1928) (uncredited
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Funny short – but alarming for those into environmental or H&S legislation!
1 September 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy are going to their job at a saw mill that manufactures window frames. However confusion over a stuck window frame and a break down of safe working procedures leads Hardy to become more involved in the manufacturing process than he would have hoped to be.

For those who write scenarios for Laurel and Hardy to do their routine within, a factory surely must have not been that hard to think of! In terms of all the stuff that could go wrong it is a real gold mine. This short doesn't use that potential as well as it could, spending a lot of time on a static sequence with a window frame and Hardy's fingers. However the high point is where Hardy falls into machinery.

My job involves working with environmental legislation and I was as interested in the factory as I was in the humour! I was in wonder at the way the waste was simply sprayed out of a vent onto a hard standing area. Besides this I was also in awe of the stock footage of men using unguarded saws and pushing bits of wood around blades with it mere inches from their faces! How times have changed for the better.

Aside from this professional distraction the film was pretty funny but best once it got more adventurous towards the end. Laurel and Hardy are as good as ever with Hardy taking the brunt of the punishment and thus getting the majority of the laughs.

Overall more could have been made of the factory setting as it only really gets imaginative in the final few sequences. Aside from that this served me as a curiosity piece about how manufacturing used to be carried out.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Busy Bodies (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page