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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.


Lloyd French




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie


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 »


When Ollie gets stuck half way out of the duct, there are two shots of him with his arms outstretched. The rest of the time they're tucked inside. See more »


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

Also available in computer colorized version. See more »


Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »


(1928) (uncredited
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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20 minutes of slapstick perfection!
15 December 2002 | by erwan_tichelerSee all my reviews

This is probably the only movie that makes me cry of laughing each time I see it and I have seen it hundreds of times! Laurel & Hardy are really getting it on in this one.The way that Hardy gets "tortured" is unbelievable but never over the top.Just watch the scene when Laurel slams the door against Hardy after which Hardy slams the door back and gets a huge bucket on his head and then again the door,hilarious! Of course there is also the usual "in the camera looking" by Hardy(the scene with the sigar!).Busy Bodies is for me their best short feature and equals their long masterpiece Way Out West (10/10). Laurel & Hardy are truely the Kings of slapstick comedy,if you haven't seen this one you haven't lived! 10/10

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7 October 1933 (USA) 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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