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Swiss Miss (1938)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  20 May 1938 (USA)
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Stanley and Oliver are mousetrap salesmen hoping to strike it rich in Switzerland, but get swindled out of all their money by a cheesemaker. While working off their hotel debt, Oliver falls... See full summary »

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Cast

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Grete Natzler ...
Anna Albert (as Della Lind)
Walter Woolf King ...
Victor Albert
Eric Blore ...
Edward
Adia Kuznetzoff ...
Chef
Charles Judels ...
Cheese Factory Proprietor
Ludovico Tomarchio ...
Luigi
Franz Hug ...
Flag Thrower
Jean De Briac ...
Enrico
George Sorel ...
Joseph
Charles Gemora ...
Gorilla (as Charles Gamore)
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Storyline

Stanley and Oliver are mousetrap salesmen hoping to strike it rich in Switzerland, but get swindled out of all their money by a cheesemaker. While working off their hotel debt, Oliver falls in love with a chambermaid, Anna, who in reality is a famous opera singer spying on her composer husband, Victor, while he works on his new opera. The boys are assigned to move Victor's piano to a secluded tree house, but become trapped on a rickety rope bridge high above an Alpine gorge when they're met halfway across by a gorilla. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Yelps in the Alps ! See more »

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Comedy

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Release Date:

20 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les montagnards sont là  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rumoured to have been filmed in Colour, but the film was processed into Black and White. Close examination of the Black and White film quality compared to similar Laurel and Hardy features of that time possibly suggest this but so far a colour print has not surfaced. The film was idea for colour testing due to the sets costumes and even the title lettering used. See more »

Quotes

Cheese Factory Propietor: Now I've an idea.
Oliver, Stan: You've an idea?
Cheese Factory Propietor: I'll buy the whole business for five thousand gruel.
Oliver: Why for you're being so generous, we'll throw in our mule.
Stan: You can't do that, Ollie, don't be such a fool.
Oliver: It's my idea! It's just an idea of my own.
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Soundtracks

Yo-Ho-Dee-O-Lay-Hee
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Phil Charig
Lyrics by Arthur Quenzer
Performed by Walter Woolf King and the hotel staff
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Excellent example of dialectical comedy.
7 July 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This marvellous film neatly sets up a position - that the Swiss Tyrol is the traditional pleasant place of thigh slapping, jolly peasants and picturesque vies. From these images, composer will create his masterpiece. But to get the right mood, the staff at the swank hotel he is staying at must get themselves up in traditional costume - the image is artifice. Into this artificial, romantic world comes the dialectical opposition: Laurel & Hardy, with their arguments and bad luck. Immediately they arrive, the locals are shown to be devious cheats. They are then forced to work as slaves in the hotel to pay off an enormous food bill. All the while the composer is writing his ridiculous score, full of innocent mountain maids and singing crickets. The composer's prima-donna wife arrives and his false vision of innocence is shattered. She wants to play the innocent Swiss miss in his new work but he, rightly, rejects her as too worldly. To get the role, she connives, flirts and manipulates the hotel staff, including L & H. The greatest sequence involves our heroes attempting to get a piano across an Alpine valley rope bridge - the precarious position of artificial human culture within a dangerous natural world is exposed. To add icing to this cake, they are finally attacked on the rope bridge by a gorilla! This gorilla in the Swiss Alps might be something which Luis Bunuel would have enjoyed. In the end, the composer welcomes his wife back and accepts the artificial, anything-but-innocent nature of his art. L & H, the latter of whom has been in love with the wife, are chased away from the village by, of course, the gorilla.


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