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Helpmates (1932)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 23 January 1932 (USA)
Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, ... See full summary »

Director:

James Parrott

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue) (as H. M. Walker)
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Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
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Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, Stanley manages to complete the job by the time Oliver leaves to pick up his wife at the train station. As a finishing touch, Stan decides to start a nice fire in the fireplace, using a can of gasoline to hurry the process along. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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1930s | party | gasoline | fire | rain | See All (38) »

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When the cats are away, the mice start looking up telephone numbers

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Helpmates See more »

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Mono (Western Electric System)| Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At one point Stan Laurel gives out a phone number, and it was his own personal number at the time. See more »

Goofs

Several seconds before Stan blows soot in Ollie's face you can see Ollie shut his eyes in anticipation. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: Listen, I'm in a slight predicament. My wife's coming home at noon today unexpectedly. And just look at this house.
Stan: [sees the mess] What's the matter with it?
Ollie: What's the matter with it? You never met my wife, have you?
Stan: Yes, I never did.
Ollie: What do you mean "Yes I never did"?
[shows him wedding photo of a frowning bride]
Ollie: That's my wife.
Stan: Isn't she sweet.
Ollie: Charming.
Stan: Where is your wife?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: When the cat's away - The mice start looking up telephone numbers - See more »

Alternate Versions

Scenes deleted in the 1986 colorized version were: Ollie and Stan talking on the phone about Stan not coming to the party because a dog bit him and he might have "hydrophosphates"; at the beginning of the feature, we pan around the room at the mess, and in the colorized verison, just stills of the mess are shown. See more »


Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
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Another Fun Mess
10 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"Helpmates" is one of a number of Laurel and Hardy short comedies based on the simple premise of seeing how much damage two men can do in one home in a short time without really trying. This time, Stan is 'helping' Ollie to clean up his house after a wild party, since Ollie's wife is due home soon. There is a lot of creative slapstick as they get into one mess after another. Most of the gags this time are fairly predictable, but are funny because they're done with good timing and the usual humorous mannerisms. Laurel and Hardy fans won't be disappointed by this one.


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