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Dirty Work (1933)

Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »

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Lloyd French
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Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "rejuvination formula." Cackling with glee, the Professor demonstrates his success for the boys, dropping a duckling into the vat and winding up with an egg. There's a somewhat different type of regression, however, when Stanley accidentally knocks Oliver into the formula. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Short | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alchimia See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A different ending was planned but then discarded. Originally all three fell into the pool (Laurel, Hardy and the professor) and came out as chimpanzees. See more »

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When Ollie falls into the tank and turns into a chimp all his clothes vanish except his hat. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor Noodle: [while pouring a beaker full of special liquid into another beaker and experimenting at his laboratory table] Ahhhhh, at last! Haha! Well, it won't be long now.
Jessup: Shouldn't be, you've been at it twenty years.
Professor Noodle: True my boy, but remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. And if this test of mine proves successful, it'll be the greatest scientific discovery of the age - something the world's been waiting for: rejuvenation! Just think, with a few drops of this solution, I could make you thirty ...
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Entertaining Short Feature
9 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This Laurel & Hardy short comedy features two subplots that come together towards the end. Stan and Ollie are chimney sweeps, working at the home of a mad professor. As the professor is busy trying to perfect his latest wacky formula, the boys are raising havoc with their attempts to clean out his chimney. The subplot about the professor's secret formula is only mildly amusing at most, and is really there only to set up one gag at the end. But the chimney sweep scenes are another very funny instance of how many laughs that Laurel and Hardy could get out of one simple situation. They use the props and setting with their usual creativity. Overall, this is quite entertaining.


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