Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing ... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not... See full summary »
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 »
Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and... See full summary »
After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his ... See full summary »
Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car... See full summary »
Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, ... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample ... See full summary »
Ordered out of town by angry Judge Beaumont, vagrants Stanley and Oliver meet a congenial drunk who invites them to stay at his luxurious mansion. The drunk can't find his key, but the boys... See full summary »
Door-to-door greeting card salesmen Stanley and Oliver call upon Mrs. Pierre Gustave, a woman distraught over her husband's neglect. They agree to her plan to reclaim her husband's ... See full summary »
Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing the dishes, Stanley convinces Oliver to withdraw the family savings and buy the furniture outright. But they accidentally squander it at an auction, purchasing a grandfather clock which gets smashed on the way home. Mrs. Hardy's reaction sends Oliver to the hospital, where a blood transfusion from Stanley produces confusing results. Written by
Paul Penna <email@example.com>
Pretty familiar territory, but handled so very well
In their partnership, Stan and Ollie made quite a few domestic comedies--particularly those where Ollie has an angry and domineering wife. So, this territory is certainly not unusual. However, the comedy short is still very well handled and is quite creative as well--providing more than enough reason to recommend this little film.
Ollie is married to a tough little woman. In fact, the contrast between them is funny in itself. Ollie is of course big and fat, but his wife is so tiny, seeing her scolding him and bullying him is pretty funny. In fact, late in the film, she needs to stand on a chair when she ultimately smacks him over the head with a frying pan! So how did their domestic bliss degenerate to such depths? Well, much of it seems to arise from allowing Stanley to live with them as a border and Ollie's stupid decision to actually listen to one of Stan's "good ideas". Given she has to deal with BOTH these men, I guess I can forgive Mrs. Hardy for being so angry!! Perhaps the one thing I like about the film best were its scene transitions. In a truly unusual and cute touch, Stan and Ollie often stop the scene they were doing and then walked to the corner of the scene and then "pulling" the next scene into the camera! This sliding transition was very well done and it was cute when they would say something like "wait" and then do this.
As the end of the film goes, I am a tad uncertain what I thought of it. Sure, seeing Ollie pay the price for his stupidity by getting slugged over the head with the frying pan and ending up in the hospital is kind of funny, but it's also a tad cruel and how all this is wrapped up it totally bizarre (albeit, funny). I think you just have to see it--I'd hate to spoil the ending by going any further.
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