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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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Cast

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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.

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Music Box See more »

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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

True to his practice of overseeing most aspects of all their productions, Stan Laurel worked in the cutting room around the clock as the film was being edited. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver Hardy first falls in the water fountain and when Stan Laurel falls down into the fountain from the second floor, water marks are clearly visible on the walls caused from splashes during previous takes. 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

This is one of the few Laurel and Hardy sound shorts featuring the original MGM credits, although the opening lion is still absent from all of the available prints. Film Classics reissued this film in Argentina replacing the MGM credits with titles of their own in Spanish titling this film as "La caja de música". See more »

Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The King's Horses (and the King's Men)
(uncredited)
Music by Noel Gay
Performed offscreen on piano by Marvin Hatley
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Unbeatable, classic, laugh out loud comedy...
3 September 2003 | by dash-wortleySee all my reviews

Laurel & Hardy! Just the names alone brings to my mind the most talented comedy duo ever, bar none! And this, "The Music Box" is probably the finest of their work, though there are others that are very close! Too many to mention in fact.I've spent the last month or two having a Laurel and Hardy film season, and I watched around 35 of their films, and naturally I laughed many many times....theres nothing better to cheer you up. "The Music Box" itself stands out-it was the film that won them an oscar, wonderfully written, and marvellously filmed! Those steps would put most people off just to climb them on their own, but with a piano!!!Classic! If you haven't seen this movie, and there can't be many who haven't, see it as soon as you can, and when you want a good old fashioned laugh! 9.5/10


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