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Chickens Come Home (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 21 February 1931 (USA)
Mr. Hardy is running for mayor but an old flame of ill repute shows up to blackmail him with an old naughty photograph.


James W. Horne


H.M. Walker (dialogue)




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


Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame (Mae Busch) tries to blackmail him with a old photo ('just the same old apple-cheeked boy'). Stan's attempts to help Ollie keep the blackmailer at bay incur the wrath of the shrewish Mrs Laurel who takes her revenge with an axe. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Every man has a past - With some little "Indiscretion" he would like to bury. Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have thirty or forty they would like to cremate.


Short | Comedy


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When Ollie gives Mae Busch's fur stole to his wife he tells her it's a Xmas present to which she says 'But it's only July' If that's the case then why is Stan wearing a heavy overcoat when he goes to Mae's flat later? It's convenient because he hides the incriminating photo under it but otherwise he wouldn't seem to need it. See more »


In the opening scene, Ollie is admiring his picture in the newspaper, in an article announcing his candidacy for Mayor. Under his picture, the caption reads "Oliver Norval Hardy" - his real name, except that in all biographical sources, his middle name is spelt "Norvell". See more »


Ollie's blackmailer: Give me that key!
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Alternate Versions

The version available on DVD, at least in the United States, is not the original version. The video editors used a mediocre Films Classics reissue reprint without the "Chickens Come Home" title, and the name of Elmer Raguse is misspelled. The original credits were available in the computer colorized version, although they removed the introductory roar of the MGM lion. See more »


Alternate-language version of Politiquerías (1931) See more »


(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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"Somebody's coming to my house......."
27 August 2002 | by rupieSee all my reviews

For my money this is probably my favorite of the L&H shorts (except, maybe for "Two Tars," or perhaps "County Hospital," or maybe "Helpmates," or "Another Fine Mess," or could be "Them Thar Hills"... oh well; you get the point). It's a hoot to see grandly pompous Ollie, in his run for mayor, brought low by the machinations of a former paramour from his "primrose days." Mae Busch, a stalwart regular in the L&H flicks, is wickedly wonderful as the old girlfriend. Ollie's sub rosa business with his knowing butler, good old Jimmy Finlayson, is a delight, and the comic high point - a thoroughly discomfited Ollie warbling "Somebody's Coming to My House" for his dinner guests, accompanied by his wife - as disaster approaches, is a treasure. The Boys will always live in the memory of their devoted fans, to whom they brought so much joy.

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21 February 1931 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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