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Swiss Miss (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 20 May 1938 (USA)
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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(original story), (original story) (as Charles Rogers) | 3 more credits »
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Enrico
George Sorel ...
Joseph
Charles Gemora ...
Gorilla (as Charles Gamore)
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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 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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IT'S A LAUGH-SLIDE (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Release Date:

20 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les montagnards sont là  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 12 September 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Wednesday 10 November 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Fort Worth Saturday 18 December 1948 on WBAP (Channel 5), and in Detroit Sunday 16 January 1949 on WWJ (Channel 4) as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »

Goofs

The lyric of the final song says, "In Swiss that's 'good morning to you.'" There is no language called "Swiss." Swiss citizens speak German, French or Italian. See more »

Quotes

Stan: I see a monkey.
Oliver: That doesn't surprise me a bit
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Connections

Referenced in Phantom Lady (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

The Cricket Song
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Phil Charig
Lyrics by Arthur Quenzer
Performed by Walter Woolf King, Eric Blore, Grete Natzler and the hotel staff
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Better than it gets credit for
22 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

I think this picture gets bashed undeservedly. By 1938 Hal Roach was branching out into other movie genres, and he liked adding music to comedy and comedy to adventure. Laurel and Hardy had been successful in "The Devil's Brother" and "Babes in Toyland", and this film was not a stretch from those. He added good sets, a better than usual supporting cast, and popular music to this picture. Stan, for his part, created gags that were unusual for the team, such as the St. Bernard scene, the piano-bridge scene, and the organ scene. Both men were in the 40's; Stan had been ill and Oliver was really adding weight, and they were less than believable doing banana peel slide routines any more. They all tried mightily to produce a pleasant hybrid movie, but because it wasn't traditional L&H picture they got resentment instead. The light was visible at the end of the tunnel for Stan and Ollie by this time, and they attempted a direction change they hoped would retain their place as major stars.


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