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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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Other than a very brief appearance by Billy Gilbert, Laurel and Hardy are the only characters in the film. 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 »


Oliver: Put that hose back in that hole!
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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 Laurel & Hardy: Their Lives and Magic (2011) See more »


Fish for Sale
Composer unknown
Sung by Oliver Hardy
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Very funny short – a favourite of mine
8 July 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy are travelling fishmongers, selling door to door on the street. Laurel has the idea to cut out the middle man and catch the fish themselves – hence turning pure profit on every fish they sell. They buy an old boat and begin to do it up – with predictable consequences.

From the opening conversation where Hardy asks Laurel to repeat his sensible and good idea and Laurel proceeds to muddle himself (`if we catch the fish, the people wouldn't have to pay and….') I was sold on this short film. The action follows this banter with a fantastic mix of physical humour and the good old double take stuff they do so well. Here the two (styles) really compliment each other – the highlight being when Laurel causes Hardy to become covered in paint and there is an eternity of looks, double takes and pauses before he asks `why did you put that stuff on your face'!

The stuff around the boat is all good and both men do really good work with their looks and their bodies. Hardy shows his class while leaning on the mast of the boat, hears sawing, looks to camera, looks down towards the sound, looks to camera then goes!

Overall this short has everything in it that I love about Laurel and Hardy and should be immediately seen by anyone who is wondering what all the fuss is about!

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31 December 1932 (USA) See more »

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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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