1932

Helpmates (1932) Laurel and Hardy film, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Helpmates

Helpmates (1932) Laurel and Hardy film, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

The Laurel and Hardy film Helpmates begins with Oliver Hardy remonstrating someone for their bad behavior – “I used to have such high hopes for you!” – as the camera pans back to let the audience see that he’s talking to his mirror, chewing himself out for misbehaving while his wife is away visiting her mother in Chicago.  He had a wild part and totally trashed his house.  A telegram arrives with the news that his wife will unexpectedly arrive home by noon.  In a panic, Oliver calls Stan Laurel to come and help him clean up this mess.  After a very funny telephone conversation, where Stan explains why he wasn’t at Ollie’s party last night, Oliver tells him to get over there immediately.  Almost before Oliver has a chance to hang up the telephone, Stan is knocking at his front door. (more…)

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