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9/10
Something a little different from the boys
wmorrow595 July 2004
From the moment this movie begins we know we're in for something a tad unusual. In the early talkie days the folks at the Hal Roach Studio experimented with a new format for delivering opening credits: instead of simply filming title cards in traditional fashion, they built a spiffy Art Deco stage set, complete with proscenium arch, and hired a pair of young girls called the Crane Twins to march out onto the stage to deliver the film's credits verbally. The girls, who are dressed as bellboys, speak in unison at first, then alternate, then bow in tandem as they conclude. The effect is quite odd and (inadvertently?) funny, and kicks off Another Fine Mess on a curious note. The twins introduced several concurrently produced comedies featuring Charley Chase, Our Gang and the 'Boy Friends,' but this marks their only appearance in a Laurel & Hardy movie. I find the girls rather endearing myself, but in any case Roach's experiment with spoken credits didn't last long.

Enter Laurel & Hardy chased by a cop, and we're back on familiar terrain. And yet things aren't quite so familiar after all, for it soon becomes apparent that this film has a different feel from the average L&H comedy. There's an actual plot, comparatively little slapstick, and an unusual amount of verbal humor. It's no surprise to learn that Another Fine Mess was based on a stage sketch, because once the boys seek refuge in the house where most of the action takes place, it does indeed feel like a stage act is underway, as they engage in an extended routine involving disguise and mistaken identity, with some farcical elements included for good measure. Ordinarily Laurel & Hardy didn't place much emphasis on dialog humor as such, but here they do, and happily the material is pretty funny. (Interestingly, the sketch that served as this film's source material was written by Stan Laurel's father, who was a theatrical manager and playwright, though it was said that the old gent did not approve of this adaptation.) In any other L&H short the guys would've spent five or ten minutes trying and failing to enter the house, but this time they've got a rendezvous with The Plot and not so much time for physical shtick.

As it happens, the guys have taken refuge in the home of Colonel Buckshot, who has supposedly departed for Africa. His servants, who were entrusted to rent the place out, have also left for a weekend vacation. Complications ensue with the arrival of a honeymooning couple, Lord and Lady Plumtree, who are interested in renting the place. Even bigger complications are set in motion by Ollie's decision to open the door to the couple in order to get rid of them, which forces Stan to impersonate the butler, which in turn forces Ollie to impersonate Colonel Buckshot, which in turn forces Stan to impersonate Agnes the maid. That's what I love about this movie, that decisive moment that starts the ball rolling. All the guys had to do was ignore the doorbell and wait for the couple to leave, but then they wouldn't be Laurel & Hardy, and we wouldn't have this fine mess to enjoy.

It's amusing to watch Ollie brazenly attempt to assume the role of the wealthy Colonel Buckshot, behaving the way Ollie believes such people behave, and he's well matched by Stan's quick-change impersonations of Hives the butler and Agnes the maid. I especially enjoy the scene between Agnes and Lady Plumtree. We have to assume that Thelma Todd's barely suppressed laughter throughout the scene is genuine; I mean, playing opposite Stan in drag, listening to him ramble on and giggle nervously, who wouldn't crack up? While it's true that the musical score and sound effects used in Another Fine Mess are somewhat more emphatic than the typical Roach comedy of the period, as an earlier reviewer pointed out, I feel this gives the film an agreeably wacky, "cartoon-y" feel suitable to the situation. I love the moment when the real Colonel (Jimmy Finlayson, underplaying as usual) returns home and tries to grasp what has happened. His furious response prompts the silliest wrap-up ever contrived for a L&H short. It's a laugh-out-loud ending -- it was for me, anyway -- and it ensures this movie's status as a treat for comedy connoisseurs.
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9/10
Butler And Maid
bkoganbing1 September 2010
Circumstances of poverty force Laurel and Hardy to take refuge from the police in James Finlayson's mansion. But it might be a stroke of luck as Finlayson is about to depart for Africa to shoot big game. He gives instructions to the butler and maid to rent the place for six months, but they leave themselves on a short getaway.

Which gives Ollie the idea to masquerade as Finlayson and rent the place himself. Stan masquerades as the butler.

But when the boys meet with Charles Gerrard and his lovely bride Thelma Todd who knows a maid comes with the package, Stan has to get into drag and quick change drag at that to be both butler and maid. That provides for a series of incredibly funny situations.

Of course it's all a big bust for Stan and Ollie, but you have to see one of their funniest short subjects to see how it all goes bad.
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10/10
They Could Act!
Hitchcoc12 January 2017
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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An Enjoyable Remake
Snow Leopard6 February 2006
This is an enjoyable remake of the silent feature "Duck Soup", which had played such an important role in establishing Laurel and Hardy as the great comic duo that is now so well- known. This feature follows the same story setup, and expands it slightly while adding in a number of new gags that would not have worked as well on the silent screen.

Once again, Stan and Ollie find themselves forced to impersonate an absent homeowner and his servants, while hosting a prospective renter. The main story is also framed by a brief opening sequence and an interesting, nearly surreal finale. In the main part of the movie, they get a lot of mileage out of the basic situation, and Laurel plays his multiple role in an amusing fashion. James Finlayson gets a couple of good moments near the end, although he does not get as much to do as he did in some of their earlier features.

It packs a lot of material into a little under thirty minutes of running time, and there are a handful of moments when you can just tell that it was an early sound-era movie. But, as this example shows, Laurel and Hardy had little difficulty in successfully adapting their style to the new era.
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7/10
Funniness
CuriosityKilledShawn9 January 2005
L & H are on the run from the law. They are so broke they spent the night sleeping on a park bench. A nearby was not impressed with Stan after he addresses him as 'Ma'am'. They take refuge from the chase in the basement of Colonel Wilburforce Buckshot, who has just left to go on vacation to South Africa.

While hiding they pretend to be the owner and maid (Stan in his guise as Agnes) of the house when a new married couple (Lord Plumtree and his gorgeous wife) come around to rent the place. Obviously the usual hijinks and misunderstandings follow but the comic timing and Stan's indulgence in his Agnes disguise make it a half-hour laugh riot.
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5/10
not exactly inspired fare from Stan and Ollie
planktonrules9 May 2006
I noticed that in general, all Laurel and Hardy films get very high ratings--even some really bad ones (such as their films for FOX in the 1940s). While I do love their films, I am not so gung-ho that I want to pretend EVERYTHING they did was great--some films were bad and some were only okay. This film definitely falls into the okay category with overly familiar situations and humor that just doesn't make you laugh. Seeing Stan dressed in drag wasn't too funny and nothing really stood out in this movie to make it anything other than just a time-passer. Instead of watching this one, try to find one of their better shorts such as BIG BUSINESS, THE MUSIC BOX or THE PERFECT DAY.

FYI--This videotape was from Hallmark/Artisan and was Colorized. As always, Colorized films look like crap and detract from the overall experience unless you have a fetish for ugly pastels. Try to find a non-colorized version if at all possible.
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10/10
Another Mess is Fine!!!
dataconflossmoor8 November 2007
Laurel and Hardy are simply hilarious! They incorporate slapstick and basic comedy to a pleasant pinnacle of perfect acting performances!! The talent of slapstick, which relies on a lot of physical humor,is misconstrued by the movie audience as just being silly! Hence, it is not given it's just deference. The movie "Another Fine Mess" pokes flagrant holes in the day to day petulant actions of the well to do!! Laurel and Hardy's chicanery and wild antics are once again, totally unintentional in this film, that is what makes them so funny!! The early days of movie making almost seem incomplete without Laurel and Hardy!! I found their movies and skits to have a totally innocuous reliability to them!! Such theatrics of whimsical mannerisms reflect the innocent days of yesteryear!! In evaluating these Laurel and Hardy movies, there is such a dark side to so many people who star in them!! Such disconcerting callousness is put in a flippant perspective, and should be taken with a jaundice eye!! I could watch Laurel and Hardy reruns over and over again, they definitely fall into the category of timeless entertainment!! "Another Fine Mess" is one of Laurel and Hardy's better efforts, and I recommend to anyone who is just in a mood to be amused, that they watch this movie.... THUMBS UP!!!!
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10/10
Hiding From The Law With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
Ron Oliver23 May 2000
A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short.

On the run from the police, Stan & Ollie hide in a deserted mansion. But when an English nobleman appears, wanting to rent the place & meet the owner and servants, the Boys find themselves in ANOTHER FINE MESS.

A funny early talkie. Highlight: Stan's hilarious impersonation of Agnes the Maid. That's James Finlayson as Colonel Buckshot, Charles K. Gerard & Thelma Todd as Lord and Lady Plumtree.
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10/10
A Bicycle Built For Gnu
boblipton14 December 2020
Laurel and Hardy are chased into Jimmy Finlayson's deserted mansion by the cops. When some Upper Class Twits come by to rent the joint, Oliver pretends to be master of the house, and Stanley makes out he is the butler.... and the maid.

It's based on a skit by Laurel's father, Arthur Jefferson, and is straight music hall farce and very funny. A lot of that is undoubtedly due to the comedic charms of the Boys, although having Thelma Todd on board doesn't hurt.

This is actually a remake. Laurel & Hardy had appeared in a silent version called DUCK SOUP a couple of years earlier.
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6/10
Don't ever rent your house to these men!
mark.waltz29 September 2016
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Hiding from the law (whom Stanley called ma'am), Laurel and Hardy hide out in the mansion owned by the pompous James Finlayson who is going away for six months. Posing as the colonel and his servants, they attempt to rent the house to an eccentric English nobleman and his sexy wife (Thelma Todd). Laurel goes between being the twin butler and maid (born in different cities) and seemingly getting away with it until Finlayson makes a surprise return. Laurel in his wig without the maid's outfit looks like Harpo Marxx, while Hardy is as far from a Southern colonel as he can be. Another three reeler, this has a great finale where the boys end up riding a bicycle while sharing a bull costume.
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Stan as Agness the maid is just the best
alexandra-256 July 2005
Seeing Stan Laurel as Agnes the maid in this film is absolutely fantastic. I especially love his girlie chat with Mrs Plumtree on the sofa. This particular scene of the film illustrates Stan's adaptability to talkie films, and to situation comedy, where there is less of the usual slapstick.

I guess the use of more dialogue over slapstick in Another Fine Mess is due to the fact that it was thought that such comedy genre would be less funny, and therefore irrelevant to talkie films. Seeing Stan and Ollie with more dialogue to perform takes allot of getting used to. However, I think the duo pulled it off in this film Very good viewing!
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8/10
Good comedy, with L&H impersonating the usual people in a house.
weezeralfalfa26 October 2018
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This L&H talkie comedy short is available as a colorized version and a B&W version. Both are available at YouTube........In this story, Stan impersonates both the normal butler: Meadows and maid: Agnes - Quite a tricky assignment. When the boys enter this house, as a possible safe refuge from a pursuing cop, the butler and maid are readying themselves for a weekend get away, just after the master of the house : Col. Buckshot(Jim Finlayson) left for perhaps 6 months on an African safari. These people did not detect the presence of L&H in the house. Thus, Stan decides to dress up like Meadows. He greets the aristocratic Plumtrees, who have come to look over the place as a possible abode for a few months.. They want to talk to Buckshot, so Stan yells for the Colonel, who Ollie will have to impersonate. Ollie is in a tither, trying to assemble a wardrobe that looks aristocratic. Plumtree wants to know some particulars about the house and costs. Of course, Ollie has trouble coming up with the answers. Lady Plumtree, played by the beautiful and personable Thelma Todd, wants to meet Agnus. So, Stan has to whip up the maid's wardrobe in a hurry, and finds an appropriate wig. 'Agnus' then has a talk with Thelma about the house and her duties. Of course, Stan has even less of a clue what to say than does Ollie. Yet, Thelma says she wishes 'Agnus' would stay on as her maid. Several times, Stan has to switch back and forth between Meadows and Agnus impersonations.....Eventually, Buckshot returns for his forgotten bow and arrows, and wonders why his house is full of strangers. Stan and Ollie run to the animal collection room and shut the door. They find a wildebeest hide and dress up in it: one in the front, the other in the back. When the police break into the room, they are ready, and snort, winnie like horse, then bray like a donkey, before charging. They get past the police, and slide down the stairs. Meanwhile, Col. Buckshot has his bow and arrow ready, and shoots at the beast, but hits the limo driver. I won't divulge the remainder of the finale........ Wonder why the title says 'fine' instead of 'nice', which is what Ollie says in his stock complaint about Stan "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into."........This talkie film was essentially a remake of the silent film "Duck Soup" which I have not yet seen. The present film has a higher mean rating
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7/10
"Did you see a couple of bozos run this way?"
classicsoncall25 May 2016
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When this started I had the strongest feeling that I'd seen it before but I knew I hadn't reviewed a Laurel and Hardy flick going by this title. It turns out this is a reworking of their 1927 silent film "Duck Soup" in which they escaped fire-fighting duty by ducking into an old mansion who's owner is away on safari. Many other details of this talkie film are similar as well, down to the name of Stan's butler character, he was 'Hives' in "Duck Soup" as well (although not listed as such in the film's credits), and his alter-ego 'Agnes' showed up in that one too!

The pluses for this film as I see it, are the inclusion of James Finlayson as Colonel Wilburforce Buckshot, and Thelma Todd as Lady Plumtree. I'd include Charles Gerrard as Lord Plumtree in that mix but that laugh of his managed to annoy me. Even so, this is a funny sketch, with a great comic interlude between 'Agnes' and Lady Plumtree discussing the number of rooms in the mansion and the nursery that was added 'in case of accidents' - that line was a blast!

With the 'real' Colonel Buckshot turning up to close out the story, the picture erupts into general Laurel and Hardy mayhem. It's a fun film coming in at just under a half hour, with the picture gallantly living up to it's name.
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6/10
Another Fine Mess
jboothmillard7 January 2009
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are the most famous comedy duo in history, and deservedly so, so I am happy to see any of their films. I should mention the word is clearly "nice mess", it's a bit odd. Stan and Ollie are on the run from the cops, and just after Colonel Wilburforce Buckshot (James Finlayson) and his servants have left the large mansion, they show up and take it for themselves. Soon enough though Lord Leopold Ambrose Plumtree (Charles K. Gerrard) and wife Lady Plumtree (Thelma Todd) show up expecting to see the Colonel, so Ollie has to pretend to be him, while Stan acts as a butler, and in drag as the maid, Agnes. Both Ollie and Stan fib all the way, until towards the end, the real Colonel comes back, and after some bickering, they escape in an animal disguise. Filled with wonderful slapstick and all classic comedy you could want from a black and white film, it is an enjoyable film. "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" was number 60 on 100 Years, 100 Quotes, and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were number 7 on The Comedians' Comedian. Good!
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9/10
More than fine and far from a mess
TheLittleSongbird18 September 2018
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.

Although a vast majority of Laurel and Hardy's previous efforts ranged from above average to very good ('45 Minutes from Hollywood' being the only misfire and mainly worth seeing as a curiosity piece and for historical interest, and even that wasn't a complete mess), 'Two Tars' for me was their first truly classic one with close to flawless execution. Didn't find 'Another Fine Mess' quite one of their very best, but it to me was one of their best 1930 efforts anf among the better half of their output at this point.

If there is anything that could have been done to make 'Another Fine Mess', it could have been tighter at the beginning and James Finlayson did deserve much more to do, he's good but very under-utilised. Nonetheless, 'Another Fine Mess' is very fine and not messy at all, and much better than the film it's a remake of 'Duck Soup', which was still enjoyable and one of their better early efforts.

When 'Another Fine Mess' does get going, which it does do quite quickly, it is great fun, not always hilarious but never less than very amusing, the best being classic hilarity. It is never too silly, there is a wackiness that never loses its energy and the sly wit is here, some of the material may not be new but how it's executed actually doesn't feel too familiar and it doesn't get repetitive. A lot happens yet it doesn't ever feel rushed or over-stuffed, the ending is strange but great fun.

Laurel and Hardy are on top form here, both are well used, both have material worthy of them and they're equal rather than one being funnier than the other (before Laurel tended to be funnier and more interesting than Hardy, who tended to be underused). Their chemistry feels like a partnership here too, before 'Two Tars' you were yearning for more scenes with them together but in 'Another Fine Mess' and on the most part from 'Two Tars' onwards we are far from robbed of that. Their comic timing is impeccable, especially Laurel.

'Another Fine Mess' looks good visually, is full of energy and the direction gets the best out of the stars, is at ease with the material and doesn't let it get too busy or static. The supporting players are solid, but it's Laurel and Hardy's show all the way.

Overall, near-classic Laurel and Hardy. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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8/10
One of the best!
JohnHowardReid27 December 2012
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Laurel and Hardy did not make many 3-reelers. I'm not an expert on Laurel and Hardy, but as far as I'm aware, the disappointing and rather tiresome "Be Big" (1930) was their first -- and that would certainly have been much more enjoyable at two reels, as most of the extra action consists of Ollie literally getting caught in Stan's shoes -- a caper that soon wears out its welcome.

The next L&H three-reeler seems to be "The Laurel and Hardy Murder Case" (1930), which, despite its soppy conclusion (maybe it wasn't such a cliché back in 1930?), is one of their funniest and most uproarious outings.

And now we come to "Another Fine Mess". I love this film! I think the timing is superb -- and there's not a minute wasted! It's a fun picture all the way with not only L& H themselves in top form, but Thelma Todd at her prettiest and wittiest. Not only do all three have great roles, but all three make the absolute most of their opportunities. Oliver really shines as the bogus millionaire hunter, Stan is wonderfully adept at his quick-change impersonations, and Thelma, of course, as just said, is perfectly wonderful.

The movie gains its humorous intensity not only from its superb scripting, playing and direction, but simply from the fact that, aside from a quick introduction with the boys being chased by a cop and the obligatory chase climax, it all takes place in the one setting, and so what have here is the concentrated humor of a stage play as well as the wider range of the movies.
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Laurel and Hardy
Michael_Elliott10 March 2008
Another Fine Mess (1930)

*** (out of 4)

Laurel and Hardy, being chased by the police, enter a mansion and assume the identity of the owner and maid. This is a very funny short with highlights including Laurel going from the butler to the maid in a matter of minute to the best moment at the end of the film in a horse outfit.

From Soup to Nuts (1928)

*** (out of 4)

Laurel and Hardy are waiters to a rich party but havoc begins as they start to serve the food. This is a delightful short that doesn't have too much going for it other than the boys falling into the food but this here is quite funny especially Hardy and the cake.
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Nice, but not fine...
JoeytheBrit4 June 2009
This isn't classic Laurel & Hardy by anyone's standards, but it's made watchable by the comedy talents of the duo and a couple of inspired moments. The boys play a pair of bums who stumble into the unoccupied house of a local millionaire when avoiding arrest by the police and then pose as owner and butler/maid when prospective tenants of the property come calling. The comedy here is a little too one-note once Lord Plumtree and his foxy new wife arrive, spending too much time focusing on Stan's switching between the characters of Hives the butler and Agnes the maid (Agnes, incidentally, would resurface in A Chump in Oxford). There is a laugh-out-loud moment when the boys become tangled up with a quartet of rattling window blinds as they try to evade capture by the police though, and a truly surreal finale which sees them inexplicably disguised as a pantomime cow (?) riding a bicycle to freedom. The film is also noticeable for coining the phrase 'Another fine mess,' which would incorrectly be attributed to Hardy by impressionists forever more. As all Laurel & Hardy aficionados know, what Ollie would testily exclaim to the tearful Stan was 'that's another NICE mess you've gotten me into'.
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Funny but over produced and forced
bob the moo16 July 2003
Laurel and Hardy are on the run from a police officer yet again. This time they seek refuge inside a mansion. They are getting ready to leave when they hear that the master of the house is leaving for months and has left the house to the butler and the maid to rent out. When the butler and maid leave for a week's holiday, Laurel and Hardy decide to hide out for a bit. However, when two important people come to rent the house, Hardy must play the owner while Laurel has to become both the butler and the maid!

Seeing that the name of the short was the (incorrect) phrase that everyone in the world associates with Laurel and Hardy, I assumed that this short would represent a really good film – perhaps one of their best. Sadly it is not, although it is far from a wasted 20 minutes. The opening (with twins reading the credits) was off putting and was quickly fast forwarded by myself. After this we enter into the usual territory, the short picks up once Laurel and Hardy have taken possession of the house and must pass themselves off in various roles.

It doesn't all work as well as it should. Hardy does well trying to find a games room in what is supposed to be his own house, and Laurel is funny as the butler. A running gag involving the mispronunciation of the guest's name results in the regular production of cards! What is disappointing is Laurel as the maid – he doesn't do well and the scene with him (Agnes) and the lady of the house chatting is devoid of the blank looks of confusion that Laurel is best at – instead it is silly. The conclusion is amusing but there is to much that doesn't quite work as well as it should.

Hampering the material is a real sense of overkill on the production. Every move, look and fall is accompanied with a sound effect or grand sweeping music. The duo needs neither and it only serves to make the jokes appear to be silly or weak – like they need the sound effects to make them funnier. Once or twice is cool, or used in the right places, but the overkill here is to the detriment of the film.

Overall this is an OK short but it lacks the inspiration and wit of them at their best. Here many falls and jokes are simply not delivered as well as they have done elsewhere. Sadly the over production only serves to reinforce this.
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7/10
Oh, Agnes!!!
Prichards1234515 November 2015
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Sitcom rather than slapstick. This isn't one of Stan and Ollie's best films but it's still a pretty good 3-reeler. I believe this came from a sketch developed by Laurel's father. It's certainly different, and if I remember rightly was re-worked in A Chump at Oxford.

This has its moments, particularly Stan's having to change from Butler to Maid on short notice, and Ollie's impersonation of Colonel Buckshot. If the invention level is not quite top notch it's still an amiable film, blessed by Jimmy Finlayson, who along with Edgar Kennedy surely qualifies as "The third Laurel and Hardy." There's a very nice sequence with Stan in drag getting all cosy with Thelma Todd, and some nice word-play around the constant misquoting of Lord Leopold's name. "Plumtree, Plumtree, Lord Leopold Plumtree!" He must say this at least a dozen times.

Pretty good, then, but not in the lengthy list of Laurel and Hardy true classics.
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4/10
More of a mess, than really fine
Horst_In_Translation20 August 2015
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"Another Fine Mess" is a 1930 short film starring Stan and Ollie. It is one of their earlier non-silent works and runs for slightly under half an hour. Director James Parrott and writer H.M. Walker worked with the two on many occasions and very both very prolific people in the film industry despite their early deaths (especially Parrott's). It's a black-and-white movie, but certainly not among Laurel and Hardy's best. The problem may be the story. It relies on humor all based on drag and costumes in general instead of delivering a convincing and genuinely funny story. This is not the best choice for Stan and Ollie or for anybody else. I must say this film about the duo being a pair of homeless vagabonds who pretend to be wealthy house owners is a bit of a disappointment. Thumbs down.
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9/10
Laurel's father must have been a genius to come up with this!
lee_eisenberg20 December 2007
True, we expect the original fat-thin comedy team to get into crazy situations, but try this on for size: Laurel has to pose as two different people at once! When our heroes have to flee the cops, they hide in a mansion where the owner has gone on vacation. While Hardy poses as the owner to meet some prospective guests, Laurel poses as both the maid and butler. And that's just the start of their misadventures! Watching the Laurel and Hardy movies, I often wonder how they kept straight faces in the midst of everything. Certainly I almost never stopped laughing watching "Another Fine Mess". It seems very likely that Stan's and Ollie's antics may have provided much of the inspiration for the relationship between Gilligan and the Skipper.

All in all, another great one.
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6/10
A mess but not always a fine one.
Boba_Fett113820 September 2006
I don't really understand why this movie is rated so highly, especially when compared to other far more superior Laurel & Hardy shorts.

Real problem with this movie is that it only relies on one comical premise. The jokes and humor are because of that restrained and too often too much of the same. The movie is lacking in some true laughs and comical/slapstick moments, even though of course the movie still perfectly entertains.

The story is simple and a remake of the far superior comedy short "Duck Soup". Of course Laurel & Hardy movies always have a simple story, as they should in my opinion but in this case some more creativity wouldn't had been a bad idea.

Not even James Finlayson in a small role can make the story feel lively and creative. Basically the most amusing character of the movie is being played by Charles K. Gerrard. Never a good sign when the most amusing character in a Laurel & Hardy movie is being played by a supporting actor. Sure, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are amusing in their roles and they provide the movie with some good moments but it all was a bit too simple for my taste and really lacked in true comical creativity.

Certainly not a bad movie and still worth seeing and entertaining enough but nevertheless the movie isn't as good or funny as the rating here at the moment (7.4) would suggest.

6/10

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