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The Fixer Uppers (1935)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 9 February 1935 (USA)
A serious case of emotional neglect brings door-to-door Christmas cards salesmen, Stan and Ollie, at the house of an inconsolable wife who is convinced that her artist husband doesn't love her anymore.


Charley Rogers (as Charles Rogers)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Mae Busch ... Madame Pierre Gustave
Arthur Housman ... The Drunk
Charles Middleton ... Pierre Gustave


Door-to-door greeting card salesmen Stanley and Oliver call upon Mrs. Pierre Gustave, a woman distraught over her husband's neglect. They agree to her plan to reclaim her husband's affection by making him jealous. But when Gustave arrives and finds his wife and Oliver in a tight embrace, he presents Oliver with his card and challenges him to a duel. The boys escape, but get drunk and pass out at a local cafe, and are returned to Gustave's apartment when the police find Gustave's card in Oliver's pocket. They awake (in Mrs. Gustave's bed) to find the enraged husband, pistol in hand. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Short | Comedy


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Near the end, when Stan and Ollie are back in Pierre's studio, viewers can see that he repeatedly slashed the painting of his wife. See more »


Part of Arthur Housman's costume (a fur coat) is visible through the window of the café as he is waiting for his cue. See more »


Oliver: Now, you're right up our alley! We have a number here which I think is one of Stanley's tenderest thoughts. Now, just listen to this: "A merry Christmas, husband/ Happy New Year's nigh!/ I wish you Easter greetings/ Hooray for the Fourth of July!" Now, we call that our "four-in-one" card.
Stanley: Yes, Ma'am. You can use it all the year 'round.
Mrs. Pierre Gustave: No, thanks. I'm still not interested.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Remake of Slipping Wives (1927) See more »


(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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Christmas card salesmen get into trouble with their jealous husband routine...
11 January 2011 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

MAE BUSCH is having domestic problems with her husband, CHARLES MIDDLETON, and comes up with a scheme to get him back by making him jealous. She uses Christmas card salesman OLIVER HARDY as the man but things go wrong when Middleton not only becomes jealous but threatens to kill Hardy in a shooting duel.

STAN LAUREL steals the show in his usual bumbling way and ARTHUR HOUSMAN comes close to doing some scene-stealing of his own as a drunken neighbor.

It's foolish stuff, of course, typical of the sort of scrapes Laurel and Hardy were famous for, their Christmas card greetings written by Stan being both dismal and daffy.

Middleton is excellent as the villain of the piece, playing his part without a trace of humor in order to make him the fearsome character he is as Busch's jealous hubby.

Good for a few laughs, but definitely not one of the duo's best.

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9 February 1935 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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