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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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Complete credited 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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Taglines:

Yelps in the Alps ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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

This film has a famous comedy scene with Laurel and Hardy trying to move a piano across a bridge suspended high above some mountains. Originally, there was to have been a subplot in which a bomb had been secretly attached to some keys in the piano, thus adding suspense to the comedy. Producer Hal Roach deleted the bomb subplot but retained the now-pointless shots of Laurel accidentally hitting the piano keys. 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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Connections

Featured in Laurel & Hardy: Their Lives and Magic (2011) 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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Gorillas in Switzerland, who cares?
21 April 1999 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

This film is poorly regarded in the L & H canon because it has an execrable plot and a dire musical score. The most mind-numbing number is a song in praise of Switzerland called 'I can't get over the Alps'. Fans of the dystopian duo will forgive all this, however, because it contains two of their most inspired scenes. In the first, Stan tricks a St Bernard dog into dispensing its keg of brandy by lying on the ground and covering himself with a snowstorm of feathers. In the second, Stan and Ollie attempt to push a piano across a rope bridge and are met by a gorilla going in the opposite direction. Gorilla's in Switzerland, who cares?


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