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The Music Box (1932)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 16 April 1932 (USA)
Like the legendary Sisyphus, deliverymen Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs.

Director:

James Parrott

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue) (as H. M. Walker)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

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

The Laurel & Hardy Moving Co. have a challenging job on their hands (and backs): hauling a player piano up a monumental flight of stairs to Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen's house. Their task is complicated by a sassy nursemaid and, unbeknownst to them, the impatient Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen himself. But the biggest problem is the force of gravity, which repeatedly pulls the piano back down to the bottom of the stairs. Finally, the irate Professor explodes in fury to discover the "mechanical blunderbuss" in his home, not knowing it was a surprise birthday present from his wife. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy decided to reorganize and resupervise their entire financial structure- so they took the $3.80 and went into business.

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Music Box See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The mansion at the top of the stairs was not really at the top of the stairs, but was a set on the Hal Roach Studios lot. The actual stairs led to a cul-de-sac. See more »

Goofs

The paper music-roll that is loaded into the piano is labeled "Medley of Patriotic Songs", so it would not likely contain the first selection of "Arkansas Traveller", which is merely a comedic country-dance jig/reel and thus not really of the truly patriotic genre of "Dixie" and "Star Spangled Banner" which are also included on the roll. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen: [Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen is in the showroom listening to a player piano] Oh, I think it looks gorgeous, I'll take it!
Piano Salesman: I'm so glad you like it. As you can see, it's the latest model.
Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen: Can you deliver it right away?
Piano Salesman: Right away, madam.
Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen: You see, it's my husband's birthday, and I want to surprise him.
Piano Salesman: Oh, I understand. And the address, please?
Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen: 1127 Walnut Avenue.
Piano Salesman: [the salesman writes down the address] 1127... Walnut Avenue.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy decided to re-organize and re-supervise their entire financial structure -

So they took the $ 3.80 and went into business - See more »

Alternate Versions

The short has also been made available in a colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Ray Bradbury Theatre: Gotcha! (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
(1814) (uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
Performed offscreen on piano by Marvin Hatley
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Not just Laurel and Hardy's best, but the funniest movie ever made.
25 October 2000 | by JR-59See all my reviews

Put simply, this is the funniest movie of all time. I cannot believe that there is anyone in the world who can watch this film and not be in hysterics by the last scene. Laurel and Hardy provided the template for all (and I mean all) comedy films that followed, and this was their absolute best.


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