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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.

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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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One of four Laurel & Hardy shorts directed by Lloyd French, and acknowledged as one of the team's best. French was a journeyman director who had done earlier uncredited work with L&H ("Pack Up Your Troubles", 1932), and went on to create musical and comedy shorts for Warner Bros. and RKO through the early 1940s. See more »

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The sawmill where Laurel and Hardy work is equipped with precision saws and other high-accuracy motorized lumber-machining equipment, so there would not likely have been any reason/occasion for the Boys to have needed to use "primitive" woodworking tools like a manual jack-plane for simple "non technical" carpentry tasks like merely smoothing an ordinary flat board. They would only have needed hand-tools for more delicate "hands-on" or "people-skills-requiring" tasks like lightly shaving/sanding the parts of the window-frame assembly to allow the sashes to slide up and down smoothly. See more »

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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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Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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Still making people laugh
31 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

'Busy Bodies' is my favourite short from Laurel and Hardy. Even today it still makes people laugh.

It's strange seeing real stunts in films now but it makes this short much funnier. Stan Laurel plays his character very well, evoking sympathy from the audience and providing most of the comedy in this part as usual. Oliver Hardy's role is the ordinary guy (as ordinary as he can be) and his character reacts to Laurel's unusual character. They both work together very well and it is easy to see why they both had such successful careers together.

The script in this short starts out with them on a normal day going to work, getting on well with each other, singing in the car (or trying to in Stan's case). As soon as they arrive at work their behaviour and intelligence is shown to be anything but normal and hilarity ensues. From start to the very end this short will make you laugh despite them both only saying a few lines each.

If you have not seen any Laurel and Hardy films then this would be a great place to start, it is by far one of their funniest.


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