Towed in a Hole (1932), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbe
Synopsis of Towed in a Hole
Traveling fish peddlers Laurel and Hardy – crabs a specialty – devise a big business idea: buy a dilapidated old boat to fix up and “eliminate the middle-man.” What could possibly go wrong in Towed in a Hole?
Editorial review of Towed in a Hole courtesy of Amazon.com
This is one of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy‘s most popular two-reelers; it’s particularly rich in gags, well-structured, and is a hilarious illustration of the chemistry that brought the duo its fame. It begins with Stan and Ollie as fish
The first sign of trouble (other than the fact that the two have been thinking to begin with) is that the boat they buy comes from a junkyard.
By the end of the film, both the boat and the boys’ car are wrecked. The only thing that is still in one piece is an obnoxious-sounding horn belonging to Stan. This was the last Laurel and Hardy picture directed by George Marshall (his others were Their First Mistake and Pack Up Your Troubles). Marshall left Hal Roach’s studio because of budget cuts, but went on to an illustrious career that included features such as You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man, Destry Rides Again, and The Blue Dahlia.