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Helpmates (1932)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 23 January 1932 (USA)
After a messy house party, while his wife is away, Oliver asks Stanley to help him clean up the place but free help isn't always a bargain.


James Parrott


H.M. Walker (dialogue) (as H. M. Walker)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie


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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1930s | party | gasoline | fire | rain | See All (38) »


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


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. Transfered 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!

The KirchGroup takes pride in preserving these classics for future generations. See more »


Several seconds before Stan blows soot in Ollie's face you can see Ollie shut his eyes in anticipation. See more »


Ollie: [shouts] Hello!
Mrs. Hardy: Don't you yell at me. I'm not deaf!
Ollie: Oh, hello, honey baby. Where are you?
Mrs. Hardy: Where am I? I'm down here at the railroad station. And if I stay here much longer they'll put me in the roundhouse.
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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

One deleted scene includes: Ollie's in the bedroom. He's down on the floor looking for a lost shirt button. Stan comes in and asks where he keeps his handkerchiefs. "The top drawer" replies Ollie. Stan opens it, takes it out and blows his nose, but neglects to close the drawer. Finding the button, Ollie gets up and his head crashes right through the open drawer. See more »


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The Moon and You
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Leroy Shield
Played often as background music
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User Reviews

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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23 January 1932 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)| Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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