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Helpmates (1932)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 23 January 1932 (USA)
Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, ... See full summary »

Director:

James Parrott

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue) (as H. M. Walker)
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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
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Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, Stanley manages to complete the job by the time Oliver leaves to pick up his wife at the train station. As a finishing touch, Stan decides to start a nice fire in the fireplace, using a can of gasoline to hurry the process along. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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When the cats are away, the mice start looking up telephone numbers

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Short | Comedy

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Trivia

At one point Stan Laurel gives out a phone number, and it was his own personal number at the time. See more »

Goofs

The amount of stove chimney soot on Ollie's face changes from when it first happens to the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: [to himself in a mirror] There were times when I had high hopes for you. But, that time is past. I'll tell you what's wrong with you in two words: im-possible!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: When the cat's away - The mice start looking up telephone numbers - See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1986 Hal Roach released a colorized Version of Helpmates, with 2 scenes deleted. See more »

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Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
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Cleanin' Up The House With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
3 May 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Stan & Ollie are HELPMATES, always ready to assist the other out of a jam. So, with his house a wreck after a wild party and his shrew-of-a-wife returning from her Chicago trip in a few hours, Ollie asks Stan to help him clean-up. Perhaps that wasn't the wisest choice...

A funny little film, with lots of slapstick humor. Once again, one can't help wondering how Ollie could take so many bonks on the head without it damaging him.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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