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Perfect Day (1929)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 10 August 1929 (USA)
Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car... See full summary »

Director:

James Parrott

Writers:

Leo McCarey (story), Hal Roach (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Edgar Kennedy ... Uncle Edgar
Kay Deslys Kay Deslys ... Mrs. Hardy
Isabelle Keith ... Mrs. Laurel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bernard ... Friendly Neighbor
Baldwin Cooke ... Next-door Neighbor
Clara Guiol Clara Guiol ... Friendly neighbor
Lyle Tayo Lyle Tayo ... Next-door neighbor
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Storyline

Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car itself keeps acting up, requiring repeated exits and reboardings by the boys, their wives and grouchy, gout-ridden Uncle Edgar. A brick-throwing tiff with a neighbor threatens to escalate into general mayhem until the local parson strolls by. They finally manage to get underway, steering toward an innocent-looking mud puddle in the street. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delícias de um Automobilista See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The bungalow in front of which much of the movie was filmed was/is located on Vera Avenue in Culver City, and belonged to Baldwin Cooke, the actor who plays the Boys' next-door neighbor in the film. See more »

Goofs

A neighbour throws a jack through the bottom part of the car windscreen leaving the in between piece of rubber hanging down but it subsequently disappears. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Hold that while I get a chair.
[Takes tray from Stan]
Oliver: No, you get the chair.
[Stan says nothing]
Oliver: And don't talk back!
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Alternate Versions

This short was re-released in 1937 with an upgraded soundtrack to bring up up to audio standards of that time. It also had to be re-framed to conform to the 1.33:1 standard academy format. See more »

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Too Too Far From Perfect
4 August 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Perfect Day' is pretty much the typical Laurel and Hardy comedy with the usual slapstick and jokes. However, unlike their other works, I found 'Perfect Day' to be comparatively weak. Some of the slapstick works well but some just don't gel well and look forced. Also the repetitive 'goodbye' and other gags gets irritating. I liked the interactions with Uncle Edgar and the dog and the trouble with the car. Laurel and Hardy are good at drawing some laughter but for me it was Laurel again who steals the show. Edgar Kennedy too stands out especially when he's fighting the dog. I don't mean to make it sound as though it is a terrible film because it's not. It does have its good moments but it's far from Laurel and Hardy's best.


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