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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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Cast

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

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.

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Gorilla unter der Bettdecke See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Stan calls the escaped circus lion "MGM", a comic reference to the lion that introduced the Metro-Goldwyn Mayer movies. Hal Roach distributed the Laurel and Hardy films at this time through MGM. 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: I just saw MGM!
Ollie: What do you mean MGM?
[Laurel points to a roaring lion which scares them]
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Alternate Versions

When re-released by Film Classics in the 1940s, the opening titles were reversed. Instead of going the right way: "Mr. Hardy's aesthetic nature thrilled at the beauties of circus life -- Mr. Laurel never got any further than the monkey cage", it was reversed and started with "Mr. Laurel never got...." See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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I saw MGM!
2 August 2000 | by wishkah7See all my reviews

This is my all-time favorite L&H episode! Ollie and James Finlayson are my favorites. But what I don't like about this is Stan Laurel. He acts too whiny and emotional and for a comic genius he takes his role as a childishly innocent man way too far!

A brief synopsis: Stan and Ollie get laid off from the circus in which they were working, Stan gets a flea circus and Ollie gets a chimp named Ethyl. Along the way they encounter a frustrated landlord whose wife shares the same name as the chimp, and a lion on the loose.

The funniest part was when Ollie asked why Stan was so scared and Stan screamed, "I saw MGM"! When I heard that I laughed myself sick and almost fell off my chair! James Finlayson's role as the ringmaster in this was exceptionally awesome as was his other roles in L&H movies and episodes.

So, if any of you are L&H fans, please check this one out!


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