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Perfect Day (1929)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 10 August 1929 (USA)
The boys and their wives are preparing for a drive to a Sunday picnic but infighting is ruining their plans and a sudden feud with a next-door neighbor completes the disaster.


James Parrott


Leo McCarey (story), Hal Roach (story) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Edgar Kennedy ... Uncle Edgar
Kay Deslys Kay Deslys ... Mrs. Hardy
Isabelle Keith ... Mrs. Laurel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bernard ... Friendly Neighbor
Baldwin Cooke ... Next-door Neighbor
Clara Guiol ... Friendly neighbor
Lyle Tayo ... Next-door neighbor


Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car itself keeps acting up, requiring repeated exits and reboardings by the boys, their wives and grouchy, gout-ridden Uncle Edgar. A brick-throwing tiff with a neighbor threatens to escalate into general mayhem until the local parson strolls by. They finally manage to get underway, steering toward an innocent-looking mud puddle in the street. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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The top comedy team of all time !


Short | Comedy


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Did You Know?


In the shot where the family rushes back into the house when they see the local parson coming down the street, listen closely and you'll hear Edgar Kennedy utter a four-letter expletive. See more »


A neighbour throws a jack through the bottom part of the car windscreen leaving the in between piece of rubber hanging down but it subsequently disappears. See more »


[repeated line]
Oliver: I oughta break your neck.
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Alternate Versions

This short was re-released in 1937 with an upgraded soundtrack to bring up up to audio standards of that time. It also had to be re-framed to conform to the 1.33:1 standard academy format. See more »


Referenced in It's a Gift (1934) See more »

User Reviews

A Perfect Day
21 November 2011 | by hausrathmanSee all my reviews

Stan and Ollie decide to take their wives and their gout-ridden uncle Edgar on a picnic on a lovely Sunday afternoon. It's a good plan, but they never quite get their in this enjoyable, if slight, short.

It was refreshing to see that the new dynamics of making sound films didn't keep the boys completely studio-bound. The vast bulk of this film was shot outdoors and, as a result, doesn't suffer from the same claustrophobia as "Unaccustomed as We Are," "Berth Marks," and the upcoming "They Go Boom." The film also benefits from appearance of the always reliable Edgar Kennedy, a frequent and hilarious foil. Needless to say, his gout-ridden foot will take a great deal of abuse for the film fades out!

A nice short, reminiscent of Chaplin's "A Day's Pleasure." Not one of their classics, but well worth a look.

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Release Date:

10 August 1929 (USA) See more »

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Delícias de um Automobilista See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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