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Chickens Come Home- (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 21 February 1931 (USA)
Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame (Mae Busch) tries to blackmail him with a old photo ('just the same old apple-cheeked boy'). Stan's attempts to help Ollie keep the blackmailer ... See full summary »

Director:

James W. Horne

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

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Stan Laurel ... Mr. Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Mr. Oliver Hardy
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Storyline

Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame (Mae Busch) tries to blackmail him with a old photo ('just the same old apple-cheeked boy'). Stan's attempts to help Ollie keep the blackmailer at bay incur the wrath of the shrewish Mrs Laurel who takes her revenge with an axe. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Every man has a past - With some little "Indiscretion" he would like to bury. Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have thirty or forty they would like to cremate.

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicken Come Home See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

'Chickens Come Home' is a "three-reel' sound remake of the two-reel silent, 'Love 'Em And Weep' from 1927, which was also made at the Hal Roach Studios. Oliver Hardy (who had a bit part as a judge in the silent) plays the featured part, which was originally played by James Finlayson in the silent version. Finlayson is relegated to the small part of the butler in the sound version. Stan Laurel and Mae Busch play the same parts in both films. See more »

Goofs

When Mae Busch enters Ollie's house in long shot he's holding sheet music in one hand but in close up he's holding it in both hands. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Oh, Gabriel, blow your horn.
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Alternate Versions

The version of this film available on DVD is a mediocre Film Classics reissue print in which the original MGM credits have been replaced and the title of the film is absent. The computer-colorized version features the original credits minus the MGM lion. The Spanish language version, "Politiquerías", features the full MGM credits and the lion as well. See more »

Connections

Remake of Over the Radio (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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Not politics as usual!
16 January 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The great thing about Laurel and Hardy's movies is that they were so simple, but so damn hilarious! In "Chickens Come Home", Oliver is running for mayor, when a woman (Mae Busch) from his past shows up to blackmail him. She threatens to interrupt a party at his house. When Oliver gets Stanley to stop her...well, let's just say that it's not that easy! You can just imagine how the people behind the camera must have been cracking up watching L&H do these things right in front of them, especially the scene where they carry her (you'll see what I mean; it must have been a risqué scene for that time). A comedy classic.


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