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.
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
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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 »
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.
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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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.
Didn't find 'The Fixer Uppers' one of the duo's best, one of their lesser ones actually from this period from personal opinion. In a filmography that was mostly solid to classic (only '45 Minutes from Hollywood' misfired for me but that was very early on when their partnership and style hadn't formed or evolved and when Hardy especially was not being used well), nonetheless it is still good and has much of what makes Laurel and Hardy's work as appealing as it is.
'The Fixer Uppers' story is threadbare and more problematic is how daftly credibility-straining and heavy in coincidence it is.
Also found it a bit of a slow-starter with a draggy first third where there is a little too much talk for my liking.
However, 'The Fixer Uppers' is nonetheless very funny, especially the boys' reactions (notably Hardy's). It is rarely dull, going at a snappy pace, and there is energy in the slapstick and sly wit, silly and typical of the duo but in an endearing and entertaining way. The second half is much better, livelier in pace and chockfull of beautifully timed gags and wit.
Both Laurel and Hardy are on top form, especially Laurel. They are equally funny with impeccable comic timing physically and verbally, this is not a case of one being funnier and having more screen time than the other (in their early efforts Laurel tended to be funnier and better used). Their chemistry is legendary for a reason and it is obvious here. The supporting cast are up to their level, as scene stealing as Arthur Houseman is as a drunk and amusing Mae Busch is it is fearsome Charles Middleton who comes off the best. 'The Fixer Uppers' visually looks good and the direction is never too busy or static.
In summary, good but not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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