Mrs. Hardy insists that Oliver mount the radio aerial on the roof before he goes off gallivanting with his friend Stanley. But with Stanley's assistance, Oliver spends more time falling off the roof than atop it. Making one last attempt, Oliver climbs to the top of a ladder he's mounted on his Model T Ford, but just then Stanley accidentally starts the car. A wild ride through the streets of Culver City culminates in an unscheduled streetcar stop.Written by
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Most of the scenes at the end of this short, when Stan is driving the car with Ollie still on top of the ladder, were filmed on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC), in Los Angeles. At that time, the streets through the campus were still public roads, with streetcars. One of the featured streetcars is marked 'Wilshire' (a major thoroughfare North of the USC campus). After careening through neighborhood streets, Stan turns the car off Exposition Boulevard onto University Avenue (now Trousdale Parkway), in front of the Mudd Hall of Philosophy and Hoose Library (1929; the building on the right with the curved facade). Other university buildings from the 1920s can be seen as the car progresses up the Avenue. The scene where Ollie falls off the ladder in front of a trolley car is along a row of local businesses (now replaced by USC buildings) at the North end of University Avenue. A sign on one storefront reads 'University Beauty Parlor'. The scene where the car is crushed is also at the North end of University Avenue, in front of the Public Library (later the Education Library, now USC's University Club). As the streetcar crushes the car, people on the street cover their eyes in horror - in front of the Bank of Culver City (some ten miles West of where the streetcar crushes the car!) See more »
When Stan and Ollie are sitting in the lily pond after the chimney has fallen on them, you can see one of the fake bricks floating in the water. See more »
[after Stan and Ollie fell off the roof a third time]
Will you stop your playing?
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Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits and at the end See more »
Very enjoyable short with good routines
Oliver is having memory problems and is losing stuff which causes a fight with his wife. In a strop she demands he put up the aerial so her radio can pick up stations from Japan. Stan comes round and is enticed by the chance to hear Japan that he offers to help put the aerial up on the roof. However with two men on the job the chances of accidents doubles!
After a seemingly pointless and confusing start this short settles down to be a very enjoyable film that has good routines that sound basic but are very well executed and are, more importantly, very funny. The opening title card talks about Hardy losing his memory and Laurel never having had one to lose. There is then a short scene where hardy can't find his hat and then the whole amnesia thing is forgotten as the film moves to the aerial plot. It gets much better at this point and is very funny.
Although really it is simply a list of ways for one of the characters to fall down - it is done well and some of the bits are clever. The final sequence of the film is the best and must have been the most difficult to film. As always it is the delivery of the lead duo who make the material work (and last over decades). They do sterling work here as always my favourite is Hardy. In this short more than others you can see him when he jumps up in frustration and points his fingers into the air it reminds me so much of modern characters (such as George from Seinfeld) and it shows what an influence they have had.
Although on paper this doesn't sound that inspired I assure you that, if you enjoy the comedy of Laurel and Hardy, that you'll find much to enjoy here. But even if you are yet to discover them this is a fine example of their talents before they progressed from shorts into features.
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