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Towed in a Hole (1932)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 31 December 1932 (USA)
Although they are successful fishmongers, Stan convinces Ollie that they should become fishermen too - but making a boat seaworthy is not an easy task.


George Marshall




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Billy Gilbert ... Joe - Junkyard Owner


Laurel and Hardy are in the fish business. They drive around town seeing if they can sell any. Stan suggests they catch their own fish and could keep all the profits when selling them to people. Ollie likes the idea so they buy a boat at the junk yard and try, sometimes unsuccessfully, to fix it up. When the boat is finally fixed up, the whole operation goes south. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Comedy | Short


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The film that became "Towed in a Hole" was scheduled to start shooting on October 17, 1932, but was postponed for two weeks whilst Stan Laurel and his gag writers struggled to come up with a workable story. Director George Marshall described how he found the way out of this impasse: "I drove to the studio one morning, and in Culver City I passed one of these little fish wagons; and this fellow was touting his wares with a long horn as he drove down the street. So I thought, 'Well, maybe that could be the answer, with the boys selling the fish, but to make more money, catching their own fish.' I had about that much when I came to the studio. Stan was sitting in his room. I told him about the idea and he said, 'Yeah, that just might work.'. The script developed from there. Filming began on November 1 and lasted ten days. The result is considered one of Laurel & Hardy's finest short comedies. See more »


When Stan is sawing the mast, the sawing sound is slower from inside the boat than the fast sawing sound from the outside shot of Ollie up painting the mast. See more »


Stanley: [Seeing Ollie covered with paint] What did you put that stuff on your face for?
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Alternate Versions

Film Classics reissued this film in Argentina replacing the original MGM credits with their own ones and titling this film in Spanish as "Pescado fresco." See more »


Featured in The Crazy World of Laurel and Hardy (1966) See more »


Fish for Sale
Composer unknown
Sung by Oliver Hardy
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A Boat Is A Hole In The Ocean You Pour Money Into
28 December 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy have a business plan: instead of buying fish and selling it, they'll catch the fish themselves and cut out the middleman. Unfortunately, the people who are going to execute this idea are Stan and Ollie.

It's my favorite short by Laurel and Hardy. There are others just as good, but this is just them. Except for a brief appearance by Billy Gilbert (maybeen seconds) to sell them a boat, it's all the Boys and the boat they are trying to recondition the craft, right next to a big mud puddle. The inevitability of disaster is delicious, and the gags are, as usual, great.

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31 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barqueiro de Voga See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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