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 »
Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample ... See full summary »
Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing ... See full summary »
Barbershop owners Stanley and Oliver both answer a personal ad from a rich widow seeking a husband. Oliver hides Stanley's reply and mails just his own. When Oliver receives a proposal of ... See full summary »
In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable ... See full summary »
Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and... See full summary »
Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »
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
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The title "Towed in a Hole" is a pun on the name of a traditional British dish, "Toad in the Hole", consisting of sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter. English-born Stan Laurel would use the term again as an insult in the Laurel & Hardy feature "Way Out West" (1937). See more »
In the first few shots of Ollie, his tie appears to be inside his overalls, then his tie is outside of his overalls. See more »
"For the first time in our lives we're a success!"
Never was seeing two such decent hard-working fellows lose their entire livelihood such a pleasure to watch. The inventiveness and ingenuity never lets up for a moment.
I saw it today for the first time on a big screen, and was struck too by the freshness lent the film - as with many of their earlier films, like 'Hog Wild' - by being filmed out of doors. After the prologue shot near the intersection of Madison Avenue and Culver Boulevard in Culver City (already familiar from several of their silent shorts), the action relocates to Joe's Junk Yard ("Anything from a Needle to a Battleship Bought Sold and Exchanged"); where the boys curiously start their renovation there and then rather than taking it with them to do up somewhere else.
These scenes were shot in November 1932 on Hal Roach's ranch, the Arnaz ranch (about a mile from the Hal Roach Studio in Culver City) beyond which the land - long since built over - can be seen sloping away towards Robertson Boulevard, along which cars and pedestrians are visible throughout the film making their way oblivious that they're being preserved for all time as part of one of the jewels of screen comedy.
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