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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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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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The gag in which the Boys in-car entertainment is a record player under the bonnet operated by a pull cord was copied in the animated Wallace and Gromit A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008). 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

Shop Worker: [Oliver pulls his car up behind Charlie as he's picking up boards. Oliver blows his car horn, scaring Charlie into flinging the boards high into the air and dropping them. Oliver is very amused] Watta yuh think you're tryin' to do?
Ollie: Can't you take a little joke?
Ollie: [laughs and flutters his necktie derisively at Charlie]
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Alternate Versions

Also available in computer colorized version. See more »

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Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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The One Set In The Sawmill
4 August 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

One thing that puzzles me is how many of these L&H shorts feature absolutely no plot but I never seem to notice this because I`m too busy laughing . BUSY BODIES is set in a sawmill but that`s it , there`s no central plot , just a series of incidents which show the genius of Stan and Ollie .

This is certainly one of the best shorts because it showcases the duo at their most typical , Ollie gets gets hit over the head by falling objects while Stan turns to the camera and shrugs . There`s also a fight scene that had me in stiches , okay I knew what the pay off was going to be as soon as Stan said " Cigar " but you`d need to be crippled by clinical depression not to surpress a smile at this

A seventy year old black and white film with no plot and it made me laugh . I can`t think of a better compliment


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