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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?


Edgar Kennedy says, "Oh, shit!" during one scene in car. 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 »


Oliver: Why don't you do something to help me?
Stan: What can I do?
Oliver: Throw out the clutch!
[Stan removes mechanism and jettisons it]
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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 »


Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

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Too Too Far From Perfect
4 August 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Perfect Day' is pretty much the typical Laurel and Hardy comedy with the usual slapstick and jokes. However, unlike their other works, I found 'Perfect Day' to be comparatively weak. Some of the slapstick works well but some just don't gel well and look forced. Also the repetitive 'goodbye' and other gags gets irritating. I liked the interactions with Uncle Edgar and the dog and the trouble with the car. Laurel and Hardy are good at drawing some laughter but for me it was Laurel again who steals the show. Edgar Kennedy too stands out especially when he's fighting the dog. I don't mean to make it sound as though it is a terrible film because it's not. It does have its good moments but it's far from Laurel and Hardy's best.

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10 August 1929 (USA) See more »

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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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