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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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They're mousetrap salesmen in the Alps - and are the mice happy ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alpine Antics See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 12 September 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Wednesday 10 November 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Fort Worth Saturday 18 December 1948 on WBAP (Channel 5), in Atlanta Friday 31 December 1948 on WSB (Channel 8), and in Detroit Sunday 16 January 1949 on WWJ (Channel 4) as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. 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

Stan: [disguised as gypsies] Hey, do you think anybody'll recognize us?
Oliver: Why even your own brother wouldn't know you.
Stan: Well, I haven't got a brother.
Oliver: Well, the brother that you haven't got wouldn't even know you.
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Alternate Versions

'Alpine Antics" was a edited version cut from 'Swiss Miss' for TV. See more »


Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Leo Friedman
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Performed by Oliver Hardy with Stan Laurel on tuba
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Excellent example of dialectical comedy.
7 July 2003 | by jaiboSee all my reviews

This marvellous film neatly sets up a position - that the Swiss Tyrol is the traditional pleasant place of thigh slapping, jolly peasants and picturesque vies. From these images, composer will create his masterpiece. But to get the right mood, the staff at the swank hotel he is staying at must get themselves up in traditional costume - the image is artifice. Into this artificial, romantic world comes the dialectical opposition: Laurel & Hardy, with their arguments and bad luck. Immediately they arrive, the locals are shown to be devious cheats. They are then forced to work as slaves in the hotel to pay off an enormous food bill. All the while the composer is writing his ridiculous score, full of innocent mountain maids and singing crickets. The composer's prima-donna wife arrives and his false vision of innocence is shattered. She wants to play the innocent Swiss miss in his new work but he, rightly, rejects her as too worldly. To get the role, she connives, flirts and manipulates the hotel staff, including L & H. The greatest sequence involves our heroes attempting to get a piano across an Alpine valley rope bridge - the precarious position of artificial human culture within a dangerous natural world is exposed. To add icing to this cake, they are finally attacked on the rope bridge by a gorilla! This gorilla in the Swiss Alps might be something which Luis Bunuel would have enjoyed. In the end, the composer welcomes his wife back and accepts the artificial, anything-but-innocent nature of his art. L & H, the latter of whom has been in love with the wife, are chased away from the village by, of course, the gorilla.


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