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They Go Boom! (1929)

Stanley's attempts to treat Oliver's cold include dropping a swab down his friend's throat, applying a mustard plaster to his rump, and inflating the air mattress from the gas jet until it has Oliver pressed against the ceiling.


James Parrott


Leo McCarey (story), H.M. Walker




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie


Mister Laurel and Mister Hardy are preparing to go to sleep in their room at a rooming-house. Unfortunately, Mister Hardy has a cold and sneezes a lot. He asks Mister Laurel to help him by applying a few home remedies to mitigate his cold. However, they both are clumsy and many unintended mishaps occur. The noise grows with every cry of pain caused by funny but painful accidents. This is exacerbated by the noise of falling objects and accidentally tripped bodies, amplified by Mister Hardy's yells of reprimand directed at Mister Laurel. This brings the landlord who threatens Misters Laurel and Hardy with eviction if peace and quiet is not restored immediately. To make things worse, the bed's inflatable air-mattress is accidentally punctured. To fix it, Mister Hardy tries to re-inflate it by connecting the mattress' air hose to the gas valve of the room's heating system. The mattress inflates very fast, actually way too fast. While Misters Laurel and Hardy panic, hard pressed against ... Written by nufs68

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1920s | cold | mustard | mattress | sneeze | See All (13) »


Mr. Hardy had the sniffles- his carburetor hadn't been right for days and days.


Comedy | Short


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Did You Know?


For many years this was available only as a silent film. One of the Vitaphone discs was finally discovered and the sound version has now been restored. See more »


The opening intertitle sets the time of the action as 3 a.m., yet the shots of the alarm clock show the time as 2 a.m. See more »

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"They Go Boom" is a typical example of how Laurel and Hardy could achieve comedy gold via the most simple means. They never needed extravagant production values or generous filming schedules in order to be very funny. The comedy flowed very naturally and resulting from needing a few simple props and basic sets. "They Go Boom" is one of them. The laughs come so thick and fast, I have to hold my sides together! The setting is a rooming house and the comedy all takes place in one room - ideal. Ollie is in bed with the flu and as if that isn't bad enough, Stan attempts to cure him...... Poor Ollie is sneezing away as Stan creates so much havoc in his sincere efforts to help his friend. Charlie Hall plays the rather surly landlord (who else?) and soon makes his feelings known after being awoken in the night. Don't miss this classic!

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Release Date:

21 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Companheiros de Quatro See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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