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Another Fine Mess (1930)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | November 1930 (USA)
Two homeless vagabonds hide out in a vacant mansion and pose as the residents when prospective lessees arrive and try to rent it.


James Parrott


H.M. Walker (dialogue)




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


Homeless, penniless and one step ahead of the police, Stanley and Oliver take refuge in the home of big-game hunter Colonel Buckshot while the owner is on safari. When Lord and Lady Plumtree call to enquire about renting the house, Oliver pretends to be Colonel Buckshot, while Stanley masquerades as both butler and maid. All goes as well as can be expected, with Lady Plumtree and Stanley, in his guise as "Agnes," engaging in girl talk, until the real Colonel Buckshot returns unexpectedly. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have many ups and downs -- Mr. Hardy takes charge of the upping, and Mr. Laurel does most of the downing.


Short | Comedy


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Did You Know?


With Stan & Ollie disguised in a wildebeest costume, approaching police officers were briefly kept at bay by various animal grunt and snort sound effects that originated from a walrus, a lion, a horse and a mule. See more »


Colonel Buckshot's (James Finlayson's ) mustache changes greatly between his first appearance at the beginning and his return (at about 22 minutes), evidence that this was a prop. See more »


Ollie: Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are spoken by two pretty girls in theater usher uniforms. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK VHS edition of this film (released on the Virgin/VVL label in 1991) omits 16 seconds in the scene where Hardy is looking for his billiard room. He opens the door and escorts Plumtree into a room and says "Now what did I do with that billiard room?" The scene runs from 18:32-18:48 on the UK DVD. The scene is restored in its entirety in the DVD edition. See more »


References Night Owls (1930) See more »


(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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User Reviews

They Could Act!
12 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

After a weird reading of the credits, the boys find themselves in a mansion where the staff has disappeared. The millionaire, Colonel Buckshot, is off on a Safari. In order to avoid the police, who are after them, Stan and Ollie must impersonate the absent Buckshot and the maid, Agnes, and Hives, the butler. Their interactions are priceless and the story is well scripted. Everything rolls along fine until Buckshot returns. The byplay between our two buddies is priceless. The inimitable Jimmy Finlayson is Buckshot and his quick responses to the craziness in the house are great. But Stan and Ollie really steal the show. Oliver, with his improvised take on a millionaire, and Stanley, once again in drag, stealing every scene. One of the best of the best.

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Release Date:

November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laurel and Hardy: Another Fine Mess See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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