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Perfect Day (1929)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 10 August 1929 (USA)
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... See full summary »

Director:

James Parrott

Writers:

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

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 Clara Guiol ... Friendly neighbor
Lyle Tayo Lyle Tayo ... Next-door neighbor
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Storyline

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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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delícias de um Automobilista See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The picnic was supposed to occupy the second reel, but the gags in the preparation and departure got so involved that they filled the entire two reels. See more »

Goofs

Though Stan and Ollie never do manage to fix the flat tire, it's in good condition by the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

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

When released in a computer colorized version, the scene following Uncle Edgar getting the tireless wheel along with the car crashed down on his gouted foot was cut out. It featured Stan holding the flat tire and notices a nail. He yanks it out and Ollie takes the tire from him before Stan can get the spare so it shows why they put the flat tire back on the car. See more »

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Good routine but not as inspired as their best stuff
17 June 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Oliver, Stan and their extended family decide to go for a drive and have a picnic given that it is such perfect weather for it. However a series of events starting with an injured foot, a faulty car and many misunderstandings mean that it is harder to bid their neighbours farewell than they'd hoped.

Although slapstick must seem very simply humour (it is, after all, people falling over) it actually must be very difficult to do. In this case it all centres round a picnic trip although the car goes no further than it's parking space for the majority of the film. To come up with a 20 minutes sketch around this is hard work, but yet Laurel & hardy manage to pull it off. The jokes are all quite obvious and none are out of nowhere or very funny, but it all works quite well.

The funniest bit to me was the punchline – both Laurel & Hardy keep straight faces and do it like real professionals and make the final shot funnier than it actually is. Both the leads are good but the material requires a lot more setting up which means you can often see the gag about a mile away and it takes away form it a little. The support cast are all pretty ordinary but perform their tasks adequately as really we are watching the lead two. Kennedy's contribution is easily the best as he does battle with a foot bandage and an angry dog.

Overall this is an enjoyable short despite the fact that the humour is very staged and doesn't flow as easily as much of their stuff. The punchline is good but some of the material just seems to be lacking that spark. That said, it is still worth a watch.


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