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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)


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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 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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Release Date:

25 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estado Grave See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior of the County Hospital was the City Hall for Culver City. Part of the frontage is still standing, albeit inside a compound. See more »


Oliver: [Stan tries to help him get his pants on, but the giant cast on his foot prevents the right leg from fitting] You know you can't put them over that foot. Get the scissors and cut the leg off.
[Stan looks surprised, thinking that's a bit drastic. Still, he looks along the cast for a place to cut]
Oliver: The leg of the PANTS!
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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 »


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"Hard-boiled eggs and nuts"
1 September 2014 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

There is a scene in James Parrot's short County Hospital, which stars Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, where, upon visiting his best friend Hardy in the hospital, Laurel sits idly, salting a hard-boiled egg and eating it. There's no joke, there's no real punchline, and there's no real purpose; it's about as literal as a scene could get. If only there was a way to tell the late writer H.M. Walker along with Parrot and Laurel that they may have fundamentally erected the popular idea/concept of anti-humor all the way back in 1932.

Although it does feature crisp sound and dialog, County Hospital is still so much a Laurel and Hardy short because of the fact it is more about situational humor than dialog-driven humor. Some readers of mine may mistake the idea that I have a disdain for situational humor, although, when I see the humor done smoothly and humorously, that couldn't be further from the truth. Laurel and Hardy knew what they wanted to accomplish and that was the concept of slapstick, silly humor. The wise-cracking, satirical humor that could make you laugh and ponder was left to Charlie Chaplin and the Marx brothers, which could arguably be why their films come to mind quicker than most Laurel and Hardy films do, on the topic of classic comedy films.

The short concerns Laurel arriving to the hospital to comfort Hardy after he received a broken leg, which already feels like the sequel to another one of their shorts gone awry. He brings hard-boiled eggs and nuts - to which Hardy replies with the sole line that essentially sums up the characters in each of their shorts - but Hardy realizes that while Laurel means well, he consistently causes trouble for the both of them. Hardy cannot remember the last time he endured such a restful experience, with two more months in a hospital bed to go, but Laurel ruins all of that with his well-meaning but trouble-causing actions.

County Hospital's only burden is its atrociously fake scene involving a sleepy Laurel trying to drive a vehicle with Hardy in the backseat, a scene that is understandable given the thought of the technological limitations of the early 1930's along with the short's budgetary issues. It's little bother; the film that was made instead was a fun piece of work, with self-referential gags and questionably pioneering ones as well.

Starring: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Directed by: James Parrot.

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