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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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Stan Laurel ... Stan
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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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Country:

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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The final gag has Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy accidentally driving their Model T through an industrial band saw; the blade passes between them and cuts their vehicle in half. Laurel & Hardy biographer Charles Barr claimed the comedians were nearly killed filming this scene, but Roach Studios special-effects director Roy Seawright asserted that Stan and Ollie were never in danger. "That gag was a collaboration between Fred Knoth's mechanical department and my photographic department", Seawright said. "It was done with a traveling matte, a traveling split-screen. We had one half go through first, and then we introduced the other half. So, ultimately, it was accomplished on an optical printer". See more »

Goofs

When Hardy yanks at the hose connected to the sink, he is wet. When he comes out of the sawdust chute, there isn't ANY sawdust stuck to him. 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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Also available in computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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Terrific short, all set pieces reviewed below.
17 May 2015 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

The short is bookended by lovely titles with a saw rolling across, gorgeous. Any comedy short is only as good as its set pieces, so I break them up thusly:

* The car, with its special radio, is great and reminds me of a story I heard about John Lennon who apparently had a record player in his fancy car, but you can only use it when you're stopped for a picnic for example, not while you're driving.

* The sawmill, with wood everywhere you walk. Belly laughs.

* The boys fight quite a bit, in the way the Three Stooges became famous for later.

* The window. Goes a bit long.

* The chute. Incredible.

* Sawing a (something) in half. Brilliant. This gag: 10/10

A great first short to see from my new 21-disc set.

8/10


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