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County Hospital (1932)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 25 June 1932 (USA)
In the hospital with a broken leg Ollie is visited by Stan, who brings him hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and total mayhem.


James Parrott


H.M. Walker (dialogue)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Billy Gilbert ... The Doctor
May Wallace ... Miss Wallace - Head Nurse
William Austin ... Ollie's Hospital Roommate
Estelle Etterre ... Nurse (as Belle Hare)
Lilyan Irene Lilyan Irene ... Nurse
Dorothy Layton ... Nurse
Sam Lufkin ... Policeman


Visiting Oliver in the hospital where he's recovering from a broken leg, Stanley wreaks havoc on both his friend (getting Oliver strung up from the ceiling by his cast-encased leg) as well as the doctor, who winds up dangling out the window. After they're ordered out, Stanley tries to drive Oliver home, unaware that he's just accidentally injected himself with a powerful sedative. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy fell on his leg and was laid up for two months. Mr. Laurel fell on his head and hadn't felt better in years.


Short | Comedy


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Opening credits prologue: From 1927 to 1940, LAUREL & HARDY made marvelous short subjects and feature films at Hal Roach Studios, earning praise as the greatest comedy team ever produced by the movies or television. The world has never stopped laughing.

We are pleased to present newly restored and painstakingly preserved original versions of these comedy masterworks. Transferred to safety film from the finest surviving 35 mm elements, all are complete, most have reinstated original titles, and two even contain new footage never before released!

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Oliver: Don't put your hand in there. I have to drink that water.
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Crazy Credits

The original MGM credits were replaced around 1937 for a reissue in which the names of the director and others were removed. The Film Classics reissue, based on the 1937 reissue (and issued on DVD), removed all references to MGM although the opening lion can still be heard on the soundtrack. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original print of this film is probably lost. The available version (also on DVD) is a Film Classics reissue print derived from an MGM 1937 reissue when the director and technical credits were removed. The Film Classics version also removed the MGM lion, although it can still be heard on the soundtrack. See more »


Edited into The Best of Laurel and Hardy (1968) See more »


(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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aside from one minor complaint, it's a great short
21 February 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very funny and watchable Laurel and Hardy short. Ollie has been injured and Stan, like a pal, comes to visit and cheer him up. However, from the minute he arrives, Stan creates havoc--driving the staff mad and torturing Ollie in the process. I particularly liked how his playing with the counterweight to Ollie's broken leg resulted in Ollie's doctor being launched out the window! As a result, Stan AND Ollie are ejected from the hospital. The final driving sequence is the low-point, as at times it looked VERY fake, but the final scene makes this screwup forgivable. This film is good fun and only a crusty old curmudgeon would dislike it.

By the way, I am rather shocked to say that there is a better hospital comedy starring Billy Gilbert (who was also in COUNTY HOSPITAL). NIFTY NURSES is a mostly forgotten musical comedy that frankly is head and shoulders above this Laurel & Hardy film. While I adore Stan and Ollie, this other film is the funniest hospital short I've seen--better than COUNTY HOSPITAL and the Three Stooges' MEN IN BLACK.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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