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Plot: Homeless, penniless and one step ahead of the police, Stanley and Oliver take refuge in the home of big-game hunter Colonel Buckshot while the owner is on safari. When Lord and Lady Plumtree call to enquire about renting the house, Oliver pretends to be Colonel Buckshot, while Stanley masquerades… Runtime: 28 min Release Date: 29 Nov 1930
Laurel and Hardy are simply hilarious! They incorporate slapstick and basic comedy to a pleasant pinnacle of perfect acting performances!! The talent of slapstick, which relies on a lot of physical humor,is misconstrued by the movie audience as just being silly! Hence, it is not given it's just deference. The movie "Another Fine Mess" pokes flagrant holes in the day to day petulant actions of the well to do!! Laurel and Hardy's chicanery and wild antics are once again, totally unintentional in this film, that is what makes them so funny!! The early days of movie making <more>
almost seem incomplete without Laurel and Hardy!! I found their movies and skits to have a totally innocuous reliability to them!! Such theatrics of whimsical mannerisms reflect the innocent days of yesteryear!! In evaluating these Laurel and Hardy movies, there is such a dark side to so many people who star in them!! Such disconcerting callousness is put in a flippant perspective, and should be taken with a jaundice eye!! I could watch Laurel and Hardy reruns over and over again, they definitely fall into the category of timeless entertainment!! "Another Fine Mess" is one of Laurel and Hardy's better efforts, and I recommend to anyone who is just in a mood to be amused, that they watch this movie.... THUMBS UP!!!!
After a weird reading of the credits, the boys find themselves in a mansion where the staff has disappeared. The millionaire, Colonel Buckshot, is off on a Safari. In order to avoid the police, who are after them, Stan and Ollie must impersonate the absent Buckshot and the maid, Agnes, and Hives, the butler. Their interactions are priceless and the story is well scripted. Everything rolls along fine until Buckshot returns. The byplay between our two buddies is priceless. The inimitable Jimmy Finlayson is Buckshot and his quick responses to the craziness in the house are great. But Stan and <more>
Ollie really steal the show. Oliver, with his improvised take on a millionaire, and Stanley, once again in drag, stealing every scene. One of the best of the best.
Hiding From The Law With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy (by Ron Oliver)
A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short.On the run from the police, Stan & Ollie hide in a deserted mansion. But when an English nobleman appears, wanting to rent the place & meet the owner and servants, the Boys find themselves in ANOTHER FINE MESS.A funny early talkie. Highlight: Stan's hilarious impersonation of Agnes the Maid. That's James Finlayson as Colonel Buckshot, Charles K. Gerard & Thelma Todd as Lord and Lady Plumtree.
Something a little different from the boys (by wmorrow59)
From the moment this movie begins we know we're in for something a tad unusual. In the early talkie days the folks at the Hal Roach Studio experimented with a new format for delivering opening credits: instead of simply filming title cards in traditional fashion, they built a spiffy Art Deco stage set, complete with proscenium arch, and hired a pair of young girls called the Crane Twins to march out onto the stage to deliver the film's credits verbally. The girls, who are dressed as bellboys, speak in unison at first, then alternate, then bow in tandem as they conclude. The effect is <more>
quite odd and inadvertently? funny, and kicks off Another Fine Mess on a curious note. The twins introduced several concurrently produced comedies featuring Charley Chase, Our Gang and the 'Boy Friends,' but this marks their only appearance in a Laurel & Hardy movie. I find the girls rather endearing myself, but in any case Roach's experiment with spoken credits didn't last long.Enter Laurel & Hardy chased by a cop, and we're back on familiar terrain. And yet things aren't quite so familiar after all, for it soon becomes apparent that this film has a different feel from the average L&H comedy. There's an actual plot, comparatively little slapstick, and an unusual amount of verbal humor. It's no surprise to learn that Another Fine Mess was based on a stage sketch, because once the boys seek refuge in the house where most of the action takes place, it does indeed feel like a stage act is underway, as they engage in an extended routine involving disguise and mistaken identity, with some farcical elements included for good measure. Ordinarily Laurel & Hardy didn't place much emphasis on dialog humor as such, but here they do, and happily the material is pretty funny. Interestingly, the sketch that served as this film's source material was written by Stan Laurel's father, who was a theatrical manager and playwright, though it was said that the old gent did not approve of this adaptation. In any other L&H short the guys would've spent five or ten minutes trying and failing to enter the house, but this time they've got a rendezvous with The Plot and not so much time for physical shtick.As it happens, the guys have taken refuge in the home of Colonel Buckshot, who has supposedly departed for Africa. His servants, who were entrusted to rent the place out, have also left for a weekend vacation. Complications ensue with the arrival of a honeymooning couple, Lord and Lady Plumtree, who are interested in renting the place. Even bigger complications are set in motion by Ollie's decision to open the door to the couple in order to get rid of them, which forces Stan to impersonate the butler, which in turn forces Ollie to impersonate Colonel Buckshot, which in turn forces Stan to impersonate Agnes the maid. That's what I love about this movie, that decisive moment that starts the ball rolling. All the guys had to do was ignore the doorbell and wait for the couple to leave, but then they wouldn't be Laurel & Hardy, and we wouldn't have this fine mess to enjoy.It's amusing to watch Ollie brazenly attempt to assume the role of the wealthy Colonel Buckshot, behaving the way Ollie believes such people behave, and he's well matched by Stan's quick-change impersonations of Hives the butler and Agnes the maid. I especially enjoy the scene between Agnes and Lady Plumtree. We have to assume that Thelma Todd's barely suppressed laughter throughout the scene is genuine; I mean, playing opposite Stan in drag, listening to him ramble on and giggle nervously, who wouldn't crack up? While it's true that the musical score and sound effects used in Another Fine Mess are somewhat more emphatic than the typical Roach comedy of the period, as an earlier reviewer pointed out, I feel this gives the film an agreeably wacky, "cartoon-y" feel suitable to the situation. I love the moment when the real Colonel Jimmy Finlayson, underplaying as usual returns home and tries to grasp what has happened. His furious response prompts the silliest wrap-up ever contrived for a L&H short. It's a laugh-out-loud ending -- it was for me, anyway -- and it ensures this movie's status as a treat for comedy connoisseurs.
Circumstances of poverty force Laurel and Hardy to take refuge from the police in James Finlayson's mansion. But it might be a stroke of luck as Finlayson is about to depart for Africa to shoot big game. He gives instructions to the butler and maid to rent the place for six months, but they leave themselves on a short getaway.Which gives Ollie the idea to masquerade as Finlayson and rent the place himself. Stan masquerades as the butler.But when the boys meet with Charles Gerrard and his lovely bride Thelma Todd who knows a maid comes with the package, Stan has to get into drag and quick <more>
change drag at that to be both butler and maid. That provides for a series of incredibly funny situations.Of course it's all a big bust for Stan and Ollie, but you have to see one of their funniest short subjects to see how it all goes bad.
Laurel's father must have been a genius to come up with this! (by lee_eisenberg)
True, we expect the original fat-thin comedy team to get into crazy situations, but try this on for size: Laurel has to pose as two different people at once! When our heroes have to flee the cops, they hide in a mansion where the owner has gone on vacation. While Hardy poses as the owner to meet some prospective guests, Laurel poses as both the maid and butler. And that's just the start of their misadventures! Watching the Laurel and Hardy movies, I often wonder how they kept straight faces in the midst of everything. Certainly I almost never stopped laughing watching "Another Fine <more>
Mess". It seems very likely that Stan's and Ollie's antics may have provided much of the inspiration for the relationship between Gilligan and the Skipper.All in all, another great one.
Laurel and Hardy did not make many 3-reelers. I'm not an expert on Laurel and Hardy, but as far as I'm aware, the disappointing and rather tiresome "Be Big" 1930 was their first -- and that would certainly have been much more enjoyable at two reels, as most of the extra action consists of Ollie literally getting caught in Stan's shoes -- a caper that soon wears out its welcome.The next L&H three-reeler seems to be "The Laurel and Hardy Murder Case" 1930 , which, despite its soppy conclusion maybe it wasn't such a cliché back in 1930? , is one of <more>
their funniest and most uproarious outings.And now we come to "Another Fine Mess". I love this film! I think the timing is superb -- and there's not a minute wasted! It's a fun picture all the way with not only L& H themselves in top form, but Thelma Todd at her prettiest and wittiest. Not only do all three have great roles, but all three make the absolute most of their opportunities. Oliver really shines as the bogus millionaire hunter, Stan is wonderfully adept at his quick-change impersonations, and Thelma, of course, as just said, is perfectly wonderful.The movie gains its humorous intensity not only from its superb scripting, playing and direction, but simply from the fact that, aside from a quick introduction with the boys being chased by a cop and the obligatory chase climax, it all takes place in the one setting, and so what have here is the concentrated humor of a stage play as well as the wider range of the movies.
Good comedy, with L&H impersonating the usual people in a house. (by weezeralfalfa)
This L&H talkie comedy short is available as a colorized version and a B&W version. Both are available at YouTube........In this story, Stan impersonates both the normal butler: Meadows and maid: Agnes - Quite a tricky assignment. When the boys enter this house, as a possible safe refuge from a pursuing cop, the butler and maid are readying themselves for a weekend get away, just after the master of the house : Col. Buckshot Jim Finlayson left for perhaps 6 months on an African safari. These people did not detect the presence of L&H in the house. Thus, Stan decides to dress up <more>
like Meadows. He greets the aristocratic Plumtrees, who have come to look over the place as a possible abode for a few months.. They want to talk to Buckshot, so Stan yells for the Colonel, who Ollie will have to impersonate. Ollie is in a tither, trying to assemble a wardrobe that looks aristocratic. Plumtree wants to know some particulars about the house and costs. Of course, Ollie has trouble coming up with the answers. Lady Plumtree, played by the beautiful and personable Thelma Todd, wants to meet Agnus. So, Stan has to whip up the maid's wardrobe in a hurry, and finds an appropriate wig. 'Agnus' then has a talk with Thelma about the house and her duties. Of course, Stan has even less of a clue what to say than does Ollie. Yet, Thelma says she wishes 'Agnus' would stay on as her maid. Several times, Stan has to switch back and forth between Meadows and Agnus impersonations.....Eventually, Buckshot returns for his forgotten bow and arrows, and wonders why his house is full of strangers. Stan and Ollie run to the animal collection room and shut the door. They find a wildebeest hide and dress up in it: one in the front, the other in the back. When the police break into the room, they are ready, and snort, winnie like horse, then bray like a donkey, before charging. They get past the police, and slide down the stairs. Meanwhile, Col. Buckshot has his bow and arrow ready, and shoots at the beast, but hits the limo driver. I won't divulge the remainder of the finale........ Wonder why the title says 'fine' instead of 'nice', which is what Ollie says in his stock complaint about Stan "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into."........This talkie film was essentially a remake of the silent film "Duck Soup" which I have not yet seen. The present film has a higher mean rating