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Writers:
Jean Negulesco (original story) and
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Release Date:
20 May 1938 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Yelps in the Alps ! See more »
Plot:
Stanley and Oliver are mousetrap salesmen hoping to strike it rich in Switzerland, but get swindled out of all their money by a cheesemaker... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A poor L&H film – 70 minutes just for 2 or 3 good scenes!? See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stan Laurel ... Stan

Oliver Hardy ... Oliver

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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Alden ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ruth Alder ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ernie Alexander ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Michael Arshasky ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marie Barbe ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ann Berry ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Virginia Blair ... Dancer (uncredited)

Stanley Blystone ... Doorman (uncredited)
Barbara Booth ... Dancer (uncredited)
Agostino Borgato ... Mule-Drawn Cart Driver (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ed Brandenburg ... Alpen Hotel Atmosphere Man (uncredited)
Edwin Brian ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Lorraine Bridges ... Chambermaid (uncredited)
Mary Brooks ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sammy Brooks ... Townsman (uncredited)
Mae Bruce ... Woman with Tray (uncredited)
Doris Carlyle ... Dancer (uncredited)
James B. Carson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Sanna Caru ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Les Clark ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jean Cleveland ... Tourist (uncredited)
May Cloy ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Emmett Connors ... Townsman (uncredited)
Al Cooke ... Dancer (uncredited)
Baldwin Cooke ... Alpen Hotel Atmosphere Man (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Edward Cutler ... Dancer (uncredited)

Virginia Dabney ... Chambermaid (uncredited)
Lucille Day ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ray De Ravenne ... Townsman (uncredited)
Celia Derosa ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Dinah ... Dinah (uncredited)
Buck the Dog ... St. Bernard with Brandy (uncredited)
Marie Dolezel ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Townsman (uncredited)

Earl Douglas ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Mike Drey ... Townsman (uncredited)

Tex Driscoll ... Peasant (uncredited)
Lou Duello ... Townsman (uncredited)
Evelyne Eager ... Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Eason ... Dancer (uncredited)
Max Etzkorn ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ann Faruks ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Paul Feiner ... Townsman (uncredited)
Lola Field ... Dancer (uncredited)
Alex Finlayson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Foltz ... Dancer (uncredited)
Elisabeth Fröhlich ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Captain Garcia ... Townsman (uncredited)
Peter Gardiner ... Dancer (uncredited)
Anita Garvin ... Tradesman's Wife (uncredited)
Wilda George ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Hal Gerard ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Ethel Gilstrom ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Pete Gordon ... Townsman (uncredited)
Lew Gould ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Gramlich ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Townsman (uncredited)
Holly Hall ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Hope Harper ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Jack Hill ... Townsman (uncredited)
Cheryl Hopper ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Jan Hopper ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Otto Jehly ... Musical Performer (uncredited)
Eddie Johnson ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Tradesman (uncredited)
Marjorie Kane ... Chambermaid (uncredited)
Harvey Karels ... Dancer (uncredited)
Julia Kingsley ... Chambermaid (uncredited)
Jack Koontz ... Dancer (uncredited)
Etherine Landucci ... Accordian Player with Gorilla (uncredited)
Pat Lane ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ruth Lane ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Lois Laurel ... Dancing Child (uncredited)
Joe Lenz ... Townsman (uncredited)
Lew Leroy ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ula Love ... Chambermaid (uncredited)
Jack Lubell ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Peasant (uncredited)

Boots Mallory ... Dancer (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Astonished Swiss Villager (uncredited)
Kay McCoy ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Nancy McMahon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Carolyne Melkus ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Kate Melkus ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Tourist (uncredited)
Fifi O'Brien ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ... Astonished Swiss Villager (uncredited)
Eleanor Peterson ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Marylin Peterson ... Tourist (uncredited)
Esther Pressman ... Dancer (uncredited)
Margaret Randall ... Dancer (uncredited)
Val Raset ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jolane Reynolds ... Dancer (uncredited)

Margaret Roach ... Singer (uncredited)
Wilma Roelof ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Romler ... Dancer (uncredited)
Anna Ross ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Beverly Royde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ruth Royde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Peggy Russell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ed Scarpa ... Waiter (uncredited)
Conrad Seideman ... Gardener (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Organ Grinder (uncredited)
Lester Shafer ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marion Shelton ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Nik Sommer ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Countess Sonia ... Townswoman (uncredited)
John Stanley ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Stegall ... Townsman (uncredited)
O.M. Steiger ... Townsman (uncredited)

Mary Stewart ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joseph Struder ... Musical Performer (uncredited)
Louis Studer ... Musical Performer (uncredited)
Billy Taft ... Dancer (uncredited)
Arnold Tamon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Teske ... Dancer (uncredited)
Loie Tilton Gaither ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dolly Verner ... Dancer (uncredited)

Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Gardener (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Vera White ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Viola Wilkins ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Kenny Williams ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tudor Williams ... Singer (uncredited)
Fritz Wolfesberger ... Musical Performer (uncredited)

Directed by
John G. Blystone 
Hal Roach (fill-in director) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Jean Negulesco (original story) and
Charley Rogers (original story) (as Charles Rogers)

James Parrott (screen play) &
Felix Adler (screen play) and
Charlie Melson (screen play)

Richard Flournoy  contributing writer (uncredited)
Stan Laurel  contributing writer (uncredited)
Hal Roach  uncredited
Eddie Sullivan  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Sidney S. Van Keuren .... associate producer (as S.S. Van Keuren)
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Phil Charig (uncredited)
Marvin Hatley (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (photography)
Art Lloyd (photography)
Bert Glennon (photography) (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Jordan (film editor)
 
Casting by
Joe Collum (casting director) (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Set Decoration by
William Stevens (set decorations) (as W.L. Stevens)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist: Mr. Laurel (uncredited)
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Milton H. Bren .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chet Brandenburg .... assistant director (uncredited)
Barney Carr .... assistant director (uncredited)
Hal Roach Jr. .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
John Sherwood .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lawrence Tarver .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sidney S. Van Keuren .... director: additional scenes (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound
T.R. Burns .... second sound assistant (uncredited)
Ralph Butler .... third sound assistant (uncredited)
Warren B. Delaplain .... first sound assistant (uncredited)
W.W. Wells .... second sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Louis McManus .... assistant: Mr. Seawright (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... photographic effects
Fred Knoth .... miniatures (uncredited)
Jack Shaw .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ham Kinsey .... stunt double: Stan Laurel (uncredited)
Charles Phillips .... stunt double: Oliver Hardy (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stax Graves .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ernest Schrapps .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
William H. Terhune .... supervising editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Jack Roach .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Phil Charig .... music
Marvin Hatley .... musical direction
Arthur Morton .... musical arrangements
Arthur Quenzer .... lyrics
Henry Alberti .... musician (uncredited)
Joe Barret .... musician (uncredited)
Jack Barsby .... musician (uncredited)
George Beresowsky .... musician (uncredited)
Simon Carfagno .... musician (uncredited)
K. Cunningham .... musician (uncredited)
Harry Davis .... musician (uncredited)
Angelo DeMichele .... musician (uncredited)
Joseph Difiore .... musician (uncredited)
Howard Fenimore .... musician (uncredited)
B. Ferlazzo .... musician (uncredited)
A. Franz .... musician (uncredited)
William Hamilton .... musician (uncredited)
Henry Hill .... musician (uncredited)
Haskell Isenhuth .... musician (uncredited)
Johnny Kiado .... musician (uncredited)
Arnold Kraushaar .... musician (uncredited)
Otto Landeau .... musician (uncredited)
Lucia Laria .... musician (uncredited)
Silvio Lavatelli .... musician (uncredited)
William Leavitt .... musician (uncredited)
Harold Lewis .... musician (uncredited)
Sinclair Lott .... musician (uncredited)
Lou Marcasie .... musician (uncredited)
Ray Menhennick .... musician (uncredited)
Samson Noble .... musician (uncredited)
Mel Pedesky .... musician (uncredited)
Michel Perriere .... musician (uncredited)
Bob Petkere .... musician (uncredited)
A. Reno .... musician (uncredited)
Willard Rush .... musician (uncredited)
Bela Schaffer .... musician (uncredited)
James Scott .... musician (uncredited)
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Nathaniel Shilkret .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Henry Shostac .... musician (uncredited)
Ed Skrivanek .... musician (uncredited)
Larry Smaltz .... musician (uncredited)
Jerome Spolidoro .... musician (uncredited)
Ray Stillwell .... musician (uncredited)
Albert Vertchamp .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Val Raset .... dances staged by
Hal Roach .... presenter
Tony Campanaro .... mule trainer: Dinah (uncredited)
Bud Carpenter .... stand-in: Walter Woolf King (uncredited)
L.F. Comport .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Ellen Corby .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jim Coucks .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Mary Egan .... stand-in: Della Lind (uncredited)
Charles K. Feldman .... agent: Mr. Laurel (uncredited)
Cecil Higgins .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Joseph Jacobson .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Ham Kinsey .... stand-in: Stan Laurel (uncredited)
Charles Morton .... script clerk (uncredited)
Charlie Phillips .... stand-in: Oliver Hardy (uncredited)
Paul Rochin .... stand-in: Eric Blore (uncredited)
Carl Spitz .... dog trainer: Buck (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
73 min | USA:65 min (edited version)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4115) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Film Daily-Friday 11 August 1939: Plagiarism suit for injunctions, accounting and damages was filed in (Los Angeles) Federal Court yesterday by Isabella Knotter against Hal Roach Studios, Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corp., M-G-M Distributing Corp., Lowes, Inc. and Culver Export Service. Plaintiff claims to have submitted her story, "So Zwei Pechvogel." or "Two Down-and-Outs," to the Hal Roach studios on June 16,1937, which was allegedly infringed in the films "Swiss Miss" and "Au Far West." Her manuscript had been returned in August, 1937, with a notation stating that it had been unread, the complain stated.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Cheese Factory Propietor:Now I've an idea.
Stan, Oliver:You've an idea?
Cheese Factory Propietor:I'll buy the whole business for five thousand cool.
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!
Cheese Factory Propietor:It's a splendid idea.
Oliver:It's just an idea of my own.
Cheese Factory Propietor, Stan, Oliver:It's just an idea. A splendid idea. It's just an idea of my own.
[Stan harmonizes in a baritone voice]
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A poor L&H film – 70 minutes just for 2 or 3 good scenes!?, 8 July 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Laurel and Hardy are travelling through Switzerland selling mouse traps (unsuccessfully it has to be said). When a man offers to buy the business from them, Hardy accepts and takes the foreign money. After the duo eat a large meal at a posh hotel they find that the note is worthless in Switzerland and are forced to work in the hotel to pay off their debt (and pay for every plate they break). While they are there they also get involved in a marital spat between a composer and his famous singer wife.

As someone who has seen more of their shorts than I have of their features, I was worried that a longer running time (70 minutes) would be too much for the duo to sustain. Having seen other features I knew they COULD do it if they were given the chance – sadly here they weren't given that chance. Instead they are given surprisingly little screen time and not allowed to work their magic for very long, with an off-putting amount of time devoted to the martial problems I have previously alluded to.

I don't know who made the decision that Laurel and Hardy were unable to carry a feature and required a structure to base their routines around - they should always be within the structure! The mistake shines through though in several funny scenes where Laurel and Hardy are given the good material – the gorilla (in Switzerland!) on a bridge may not make much sense but it is funny, although my highlight was Laurel trying to coax brandy out of a St Bernard's! Sadly the chances for them to produce are limited by the tradition (and overdone) song and dance numbers (where we also have the usual `Laurel does funny voice' stuff) and the romantic subplot.

Hardy is good as is Laurel, but Laurel's character is much stronger than in the shorts – he still bears the brunt of stuff but he is more forceful than before, not to mention a lot chubbier! I personally didn't take to this as well as I'd hoped I would – for whatever reason the changes were made, they off balanced the relationship that I love between the two. The support cast are roundly OK but it is hard to get interested in them simply because, while they are on, Laurel and Hardy aren't.

Overall this is a very weak feature from the usually reliable pair. The majority of the running time is taken up by the songs and the romantic subplot, with the duo only given a few chances to shine (which, happily, they take). In the 70 minutes it took to watch this I could have watched three of their shorts – each of which would have been better than this!

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