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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.

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George Marshall
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Cast

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

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barqueiro de Voga See more »

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Production Co:

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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The third and final Laurel & Hardy film directed by George Marshall. On November 11, 1932 - one day after shooting for "Towed in a Hole" wrapped - Marshall was fired by Roach Studios general manager Henry Ginsberg over the production delays involved in its making. Marshall never worked with Stan and Ollie again, but retained fond memories of the duo, especially of Stan, whom he claimed made him a better director. See more »

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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 »

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Oliver: Put that hose back in that hole!
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Featured in The Crazy World of Laurel and Hardy (1966) See more »

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Fish for Sale
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Composer unknown
Sung by Oliver Hardy
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From Retail Fish To Wholesale Fish, so they think
12 January 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Towed In A Hole finds Laurel and Hardy seeking to expand their business horizons. When we first meet them they are selling retail fish from the back of their truck, fish caught by other people. Of course Stan gets the idea that they should get a boat and start catching their own fish to sell and become wholesalers. But what do these guys know from boats or fishing.

They buy a used boat that's a fix-it-up from Billy Gilbert who saw them coming a mile away. Then the rest of the film is spent in their futile attempts to repair this beached craft. After that it's the usual antics.

Best scene for me was Stan getting his head caught between the inside wall of the boat and the mast. What to do but saw the mast to get his head out. Good thing he had around a saw that he had been trying to make music on a few minutes earlier.

Problem was that while Stan was below Ollie was on top of the mast doing some repair there. When Stan finishes solving his problem the results are disaster for Ollie.

Directing these shenanigans for Hal Roach is George Marshall who would in a few years start turning out a whole series of some great comedy films.

Towed In A Hole also gives us some idea of Ollie's singing voice which was quite good. He doesn't sing, but right at the beginning he's hawking those fish in good voice in which he occasionally slips into the southern speech of his native Georgia.

Nice short subject for Stan and Ollie's legion of fans world wide.


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