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The Finishing Touch (1928)

The boys are contracted to build a house in one day. Upon completion, a bird lands on the chimney and the house collapses, bit by bit. When the owner demands his money back, mayhem ensues.

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H.M. Walker (titles)
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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Dorothy Coburn ... Nurse
Edgar Kennedy ... Cop (as Ed Kennedy)
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The boys are contracted to build a house in one day. Upon completion, a bird lands on the chimney and the house collapses, bit by bit. When the owner demands his money back, mayhem ensues. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Trivia

The final gag, in which the boys' truck slams into the house, was a misfire. The script called for the truck to drive all the way through the house, but the carpenters had not built the house to property man Thomas Benton Roberts' specifications, so the truck was unable to penetrate it completely. Rather than rebuild the house for one gag, the cast and crew chose to keep the end gag as filmed. See more »

Goofs

Ollie tells Stan to do some sand papering. Stan gets a sheet of sand paper which can be seen is new. Before he can use it the nurse comes in and remonstrates with them about all the noise. As she bends down to pick up a hammer Stan tears the sheet of sand paper in half but it can now be seen to be a used sheet. See more »

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Stan and Babe Developing into Laurel and Hardy
14 September 2008 | by gkrupa73See all my reviews

There is little I can add to the comments offered by the other posters. However, when viewing this film I do see Stan and Babe working on becoming the masterful Babes in the Woods characters we have come to know them. Their timing and interaction is never less than astounding and their fearlessly effective telegraphing of a gag reveals a mastery of their craft that I would argue no other comics have. There was one event that startled me about this film and helped me to appreciate it more. I have been informed by a reliable source that this film is used as a training film at the United States Department of Labor!!!!!!!!!!! What is it used to train people about? The common mistakes that ordinary people make in construction sites or similar situations that place themselves in danger. When film scholars label Stan and Babe as the perfect masters of Reducio ad Absurdum comedy, as they do, perhaps the use this early Stan and Babe effort found itself put to helps prove the point.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das unfertige Fertighaus See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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