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One Good Turn (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 31 October 1931 (USA)
Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not... See full summary »

Director:

James W. Horne

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Mary Carr ... Old Lady
James Finlayson ... A Community Player
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Storyline

Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not pay the mortgage. Not realizing that they are hearing a rehearsal for a play, the boys decide to auction their car to help. In the confusion surrounding the auction, Stan finds himself in possession of a fat wallet and Ollie accuses him of stealing the old lady's money. When the truth is revealed, Stan exacts painful retribution. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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1930s | old lady | car | wallet | begging | See All (35) »

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Seeing America: Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have cast off all financial worries- Total assets: one Ford, model 1911, one tent, model 1861, One union suit, two shirts and three socks.

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Retter in der Not See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Stan Laurel suggested the ending, because his daughter was upset that Oliver Hardy was always hurting him. The tables were turned and Stan hurts Ollie, as a way to explain to her that they were "only pretending to hurt each other" See more »

Quotes

[after their tent has gone up in flames]
Oliver: Well, our earthly possessions are slowly getting less and less.
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Helping An Old Lady With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
2 June 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short.

Believing ONE GOOD TURN deserves another, Stan & Ollie try to raise money for a sweet old lady who's been kind to them, in the mistaken belief she's about to be turned out of her home by a nasty creditor.

A very funny little film. Highlight: Stan's attempts to put out the campfire. That's Mary Carr as the old lady, James Finlayson as the Community Player & Billy Gilbert as a drunk.


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