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Busy Bodies (1933)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 7 October 1933 (USA)
Stan and Ollie do battle with inanimate objects, their co-workers, and the laws of physics during a routine work day at the sawmill.

Director:

Lloyd French
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Cast

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Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
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Storyline

It's a typical day at the woodshop for Stanley and Oliver, getting jammed in windows, puncturing water pipes, getting stuck to glue brushes, having tiffs with their co-workers, and finally getting their car cut in half in a giant band-saw. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Busy Bodies See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The shot of Oliver Hardy emerging from the sawdust flue was filmed outside the large ivy-covered building that housed Stages 1 and 2 of the Hal Roach studio. This exterior can be seen in the background of several Roach films, including the "Our Gang" short "Washee Ironee (1934)" (1934). It is recognizable by its distinctive square bricks. See more »

Goofs

As the Boys go into their work area, Ollie walks into a plank that's being carried, then they both walk into one. In the background there's a pile of timber which in the long shot when the Boys are on their feet, is just a jumble, but when they're sitting down, it's a tidy pile. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: [after he and Stan have landed after toppling over on the ladder and demolishing the utility shed, with Stan clutching Ollie's ears in terror] Will you let go of my EA-YUHS?
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Alternate Versions

The original version of this film is probably lost. The only available print is a Film Classics reissue in which all references to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Loew's Incorporated have been removed by editing out the MGM lion and by changing the opening title. See more »


Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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A great one
11 November 2003 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

'Busy Bodies' is one of my favorite Laurel & Hardy shorts. In this one they work at a sawmill and you can imagine what can go wrong in a place like that.

With some great and very funny scenes, one with A closed window and another one that reminded me of Chaplin's 'Modern Times' (this movie was earlier), make this a great Laurel & Hardy short.


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