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
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[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.
Shouldn't be, you've been at it twenty years.
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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Laurel & Hardy as chimney sweepers = Laughs guaranteed!
The concept of having Laurel & Hardy this time in the role of chimney sweepers works out surprisingly hilarious. It guarantees some funny situations and silly antics, from especially Stan Laurel of course as usual.
The movie also has a subplot with a nutty professor who is working on a rejuvenation formula. It doesn't really sound like a logical mix of story lines and incoherent but both plot lines blend in perfectly toward the memorable ending. It's still a bit weird but its funny nevertheless, so it works for the movie.
The supporting cast of the movie is surprising good. Sam Adams is great as the stereotypical butler and Lucien Littlefield goes deliciously over-the-top as the nutty professor.
The movie is filled with some excellent timed and hilarious constructed sequences, which are all quite predictable but become hilarious to watch nevertheless thanks to the way they are all executed. It all helps to make "Dirty Work" to be one of the better Laurel & Hardy shorts.
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