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After the dinner party scene ends and the boys are seen walking down the street (Ollie is carrying a broom over his left shoulder and Stan is pushing a dustcart), they pass a building which says "Finlayson National Bank", which is obviously a nod towards their frequent co-star foil James Finlayson.
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Anita Garvin's final film with Laurel & Hardy. She came out of retirement as a favor to Stan Laurel, playing basically the same role she had played in Laurel & Hardy's silent film From Soup to Nuts (1928), whose title is a line of Ollie's dialogue in this movie.
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In the movie's final scenes, Stan Laurel played a snob named Lord Paddington, the only instance after 1927 in which Stan Laurel played a role not related to his Stanley character.
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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
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This film was originally in four reels, a "streamliner" designed to compete with theaters' new double feature concept. Roach produced only a few of these hybrids, and added the dinner party sequence later to bring it up to six reels.
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Stan's accent as Lord Paddington was nothing like his own native Lancastrian accent. Paddington was a mimic of other actors with whom he had shared the stage decades earlier.
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This was the first Hal Roach Laurel & Hardy film to be released through United Artists.
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In the shorter "steamline" version, the name on the bank president's door is "James Finlayson," the name of one of Laurel and Hardy's frequent supporting plays. In the extended version, the real James Finlayson got a prominent role and the shot of the bank president's door was deleted.
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This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 8 August 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), 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. In Los Angeles its television premiere occurred Tuesday 14 December 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5).
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The scenes of the employment agency and dinner party were originally filmed for the 63 minute version to be released overseas simultaneously with a USA 42 minute print, but the 63 minute version was released in the USA as well.
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