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Below Zero (1930)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 26 April 1930 (USA)
In winter-time, the boys fail to earn any money by playing their musical instruments in a bad neighborhood but their luck seems to improve when they find a wallet full of money on the street.


James Parrott


H.M. Walker (dialogue) (as H. M. Walker)




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


In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable woman. Their luck seems to turn when they find a wallet full of money, but are about to lose it to a thief when a passing policeman chases the thug off. The boys treat the officer to a meal, but when Stanley pulls out the wallet to pay, the cop recognizes it as his own. Rather than running them in as pickpockets, he pays his own tab and leaves Stanley and Oliver at the mercy of the gruff headwaiter. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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The freezing winter of '29 will long be remembered- Mr. Hardy's nose was so blue, Mr. Laurel shot it for a jay-bird.


Short | Comedy


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Opening credits prologue: From 1929 to 1940, LAUREL & HARDY made marvelous short subjects, earning praise as the greatest comedy team ever produced by the movies or television. The world has never stopped laughing.

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In the restaurant, the boys seem to be without ANY money of their own, but Ollie had just been given a dollar by a lady who asked them to move a couple of blocks away. [NOTE: the dollar may have been dropped by Ollie and found by the "blind" man in the snow.] See more »


Stan: Say, how 'bout something to eat before we get our throats cut.
Ollie: A splendid idea!
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Opening credits prologue: The freezing winter of '29 will long be remembered-

-Mr. Hardy's nose was so blue, Mr. Laurel shot it for a jay-bird- See more »

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In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
Lyrics by Ren Shields
Sung by Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel, with Hardy on bass violin and Laurel on piano
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Short Laurel and Hardy comedy
25 June 2004 | by TheOtherFoolSee all my reviews

Amusing short comedy with Laurel and Hardy as two street musicians in the cold winter of 1929.

While they don't deserve much entertaining the people on the streets their luck changes when Laurel finds himself a filled wallet. They're almost robbed but a cop comes to their rescue. To thank him, they take him to dinner.

When the check is due though they find out that the wallet they found is actually the cop's, so in the end they're thrown out of the place.

Amusing short from this funny couple, though a bit slow at times, in particular in the first part. 6/10.

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26 April 1930 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (A Victor Recording) (Western Electric Sound System) (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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