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Dirty Work (1933)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy  -  25 November 1933 (USA)
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Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »

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Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "rejuvination formula." Cackling with glee, the Professor demonstrates his success for the boys, dropping a duckling into the vat and winding up with an egg. There's a somewhat different type of regression, however, when Stanley accidentally knocks Oliver into the formula. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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De barakspelers  »

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The clouds of chimney soot which engulfs the boys and Jessup was actually powdered chocolate. See more »

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Oliver: Can't you do ANYthing right?
Stan: [in a slightly mocking manner] I have nothing to say!
Oliver: [clonks Stan over the head with the ashes shovel again]
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Great old-fashioned comedy
16 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Stan and Ollie are employed as chimney sweeps, with predictable (but entirely hilarious) consequences. This is slapstick comedy at its best: short, straightforward and with an emphasis on hilarious pratfalls and physical comedy throughout. There's a twist ending of sorts thrown into the mix as well: a sub-plot that sees an eccentric scientist making an elixir of eternal youth results in some unforeseen consequences for the boys.

The comedic duo are at their best in DIRTY WORK, and the gags come thick and fast. I believe that the pair were at their best when employed in physical labour, and the calibre of this effort helps to highlight that.


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