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Swiss Miss (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 20 May 1938 (USA)
Stanley and Oliver are mousetrap salesmen hoping to strike it rich in Switzerland, but get swindled out of all their money by a cheesemaker. While working off their hotel debt, Oliver falls... See full summary »

Directors:

John G. Blystone, Hal Roach (uncredited)

Writers:

Jean Negulesco (original story), Charley Rogers (original story) (as Charles Rogers) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Hardy
Grete Natzler ... Anna Albert (as Della Lind)
Walter Woolf King ... Victor Albert
Eric Blore ... Edward
Adia Kuznetzoff Adia Kuznetzoff ... Chef
Charles Judels ... Cheese Factory Proprietor
Ludovico Tomarchio Ludovico Tomarchio ... Luigi
Franz Hug Franz Hug ... Flag Thrower
Jean De Briac ... Enrico
George Sorel George Sorel ... Joseph
Charles Gemora Charles Gemora ... Gorilla (as Charles Gamore)
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Stanley and Oliver are mousetrap salesmen hoping to strike it rich in Switzerland, but get swindled out of all their money by a cheesemaker. While working off their hotel debt, Oliver falls in love with a chambermaid, Anna, who in reality is a famous opera singer spying on her composer husband, Victor, while he works on his new opera. The boys are assigned to move Victor's piano to a secluded tree house, but become trapped on a rickety rope bridge high above an Alpine gorge when they're met halfway across by a gorilla. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Yelps in the Alps ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Film Daily-Friday 11 August 1939: Plagiarism suit for injunctions, accounting and damages was filed in (Los Angeles) Federal Court yesterday by Isabella Knotter against Hal Roach Studios, Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corp., M-G-M Distributing Corp., Lowes, Inc. and Culver Export Service. Plaintiff claims to have submitted her story, "So Zwei Pechvogel." or "Two Down-and-Outs," to the Hal Roach studios on June 16,1937, which was allegedly infringed in the films "Swiss Miss" and "Au Far West." Her manuscript had been returned in August, 1937, with a notation stating that it had been unread, the complaint stated. See more »

Goofs

The lyric of the final song says, "In Swiss that's 'good morning to you.'" There is no language called "Swiss." Swiss citizens speak German, French or Italian. See more »

Quotes

Anna Albert: Well, we're a success.
Victor Albert: We're a success? You're a success. I'm a P.S.!
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Alternate Versions

There is also a colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Another Romance of Celluloid (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Get Over the Alps
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Phil Charig
Lyrics by Arthur Quenzer
Performed by Walter Woolf King and Eric Blore and Chorus
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Better than it gets credit for
22 October 2010 | by Grendel1950See all my reviews

I think this picture gets bashed undeservedly. By 1938 Hal Roach was branching out into other movie genres, and he liked adding music to comedy and comedy to adventure. Laurel and Hardy had been successful in "The Devil's Brother" and "Babes in Toyland", and this film was not a stretch from those. He added good sets, a better than usual supporting cast, and popular music to this picture. Stan, for his part, created gags that were unusual for the team, such as the St. Bernard scene, the piano-bridge scene, and the organ scene. Both men were in the 40's; Stan had been ill and Oliver was really adding weight, and they were less than believable doing banana peel slide routines any more. They all tried mightily to produce a pleasant hybrid movie, but because it wasn't traditional L&H picture they got resentment instead. The light was visible at the end of the tunnel for Stan and Ollie by this time, and they attempted a direction change they hoped would retain their place as major stars.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alpine Antics See more »

Filming Locations:

Stone Canyon, California, USA See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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