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The Chimp (1932)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 21 May 1932 (USA)
Two bumbling circus performers inadvertently help drive the circus into ruin and then end up in possession of a flea circus and an oversized chimp.

Director:

James Parrott

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Mr. Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Mr. Hardy
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In lieu of back wages, the defunct circus that Stanley and Oliver have been working for pay them off with a flea circus and a trained chimpanzee named "Ethel." Unfortunately, that's also the name of their landlord's wife, and after the boys sneak the ape into their room, the jealous man draws some unfortunate conclusions when he overhears Oliver ordering Ethel to "come to bed." Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy's aesthetic nature thrilled at the beauties of circus life-Mr. Laurel never got any further than the monkey cage.

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Short | Comedy

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Trivia

According to Orville Goldner in the book 'The Making of King Kong,' Charles Gemora, who played the ape in this picture, tried to take credit for playing the original King Kong. See more »

Goofs

After they have managed to lure Ethel, the gorilla, inside the crate, Ollie says to Stan "get some rope and we'll tie him up" despite knowing that Ethel is female. See more »

Quotes

Stan: She might get cold and die of ammonia.
Ollie: Not 'ammonia' - he means pewmonia.
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Alternate Versions

There is also a colorized version. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Champ (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played for Destructo's Act
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Worthwhile certainly.
4 May 2003 | by HenryHextonEsqSee all my reviews

This is not amongst my favourites of the many Laurel and Hardy shorts I have seen, but it was a perfectly passable short subject.

James Finlayson as ever is a boon of a presence; making a brilliant foil to the pair. Laurel and Hardy are as wonderful as ever, though possibly a slight weariness is evident; the antics here being so very similar to many other of their shorts. What especially enervates this film are the early, possibly all too brief, sequences in the circus; to see, largely in atmospheric long shot, the great duo comically spoiling the planned circus gags, only to create new ones in their bungling, is a wonderful spectacle. The spatial atmosphere given by a visible audience - though amusingly small - is quite a refreshing dichotomy; the performance-within-a-performance air of this section is beautiful to watch.

Yes, things slip towards far more laboured chimp-related gags, but this is professional stuff; Laurel and Hardy executing the comedy finely. It does tend towards going through the motions, but, cripes, this is the funniest and most loved double act of all, on screen for our benefit. And thus, it's a film more laudable than so many.

Rating:- *** 1/2/*****


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Gorilla unter der Bettdecke See more »

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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