7.1/10
1,065
23 user 3 critic

The Chimp (1932)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 21 May 1932 (USA)
Two bumbling circus performers inadvertently help drive the circus into ruin and then end up in possession of a flea circus and an oversized chimp.

Director:

James Parrott

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Novice policemen Stanley and Oliver, eating lunch in their patrol car, nearly have their spare tire stolen by a thief and his sassy partner. They then miss the broadcast address of a ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Stan and Ollie give evidence which convicts vicious gangster Butch. They plan to leave town and advertise for a traveling companion to share expenses. Butch's girl replies to the advert and... See full summary »

Director: Charley Rogers
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch
Certificate: Passed Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two war veterans help orphaned child to find her grandfather.

Directors: George Marshall, Ray McCarey, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Don Dillaway
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch
Dirty Work (1933)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Samuel Adams
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the hospital with a broken leg Ollie is visited by Stan, who brings him hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and total mayhem.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert
One Good Turn (1931)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mary Carr
Scram! (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Commanded to "scram" out of town by a cantankerous judge, poor vagabonds, Stan and Ollie, slip into something more comfortable to spend the night at a sympathetic inebriate's home; however, is this the right house?

Directors: Ray McCarey, Lloyd French, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Richard Cramer
Beau Hunks (1931)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James W. Horne
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Keen on climbing the social ladder by marrying a rich widow, Oliver finds the nerve to cheat on his partner, Stanley, unbeknownst to him that her favourite hobby is murder. Now, it seems that he is next. Who can save Oliver the Eighth?

Director: Lloyd French
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch
Twice Two (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Stan and Ollie are married to each other's sisters, and plan a dinner party to celebrate their mutual anniversaries.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Baldwin Cooke
Busy Bodies (1933)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Stan and Ollie do battle with inanimate objects, their co-workers, and the laws of physics during a routine work day at the sawmill.

Director: Lloyd French
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dick Gilbert
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Mr. Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Mr. Hardy
Edit

Storyline

In lieu of back wages, the defunct circus that Stanley and Oliver have been working for pay them off with a flea circus and a trained chimpanzee named "Ethel." Unfortunately, that's also the name of their landlord's wife, and after the boys sneak the ape into their room, the jealous man draws some unfortunate conclusions when he overhears Oliver ordering Ethel to "come to bed." Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Mr. Hardy's aesthetic nature thrilled at the beauties of circus life-Mr. Laurel never got any further than the monkey cage.

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Gorilla unter der Bettdecke See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lois Laurel, cast as an uncredited audience member in the circus, is Stan Laurel's real-life daughter. See more »

Goofs

The picture of "Ethel" the landlord is holding, and the actress portraying her are two different people. See more »

Quotes

Stan: I just saw MGM!
Ollie: What do you mean MGM?
[Laurel points to a roaring lion which scares them]
See more »

Alternate Versions

When re-released by Film Classics in the 1940s, the opening titles were reversed. Instead of going the right way: "Mr. Hardy's aesthetic nature thrilled at the beauties of circus life -- Mr. Laurel never got any further than the monkey cage", it was reversed and started with "Mr. Laurel never got...." See more »

Connections

Featured in Zurich (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played for the Woman Standing on a Horse sequence
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Laurel and Hardy's chimp trouble
4 October 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.

Although a vast majority of Laurel and Hardy's previous efforts ranged from above average to very good ('45 Minutes from Hollywood' being the only misfire and mainly worth seeing as a curiosity piece and for historical interest, and even that wasn't a complete mess), 'Two Tars' for me was their first truly classic one with close to flawless execution. Didn't find 'The Chimp' one of their best and it's somewhat uneven, but even when Laurel and Hardy were not at their best it was still better than the output of many other prolific comics at their best and quite a lot of comedy today.

Admittedly, the story is pretty thin and is pretty standard.

Did feel especially that the second half focused too much on the chimp and the duo's troubles with it. The gags lacked the crispness and wit seen in the first half, coming over as sometimes slightly laboured, and the chimp could have been funnier and more endearing, as well as looking less fake.

Despite that, 'The Chimp' is good fun, mostly very amusing and the best moments, with one of the better first halves of any Laurel and Hardy effort at this point, being classic hilarity. It is never too silly, there is a wackiness that mostly doesn't lose its energy and the sly wit is here, some of the material may not be new but how it's executed actually doesn't feel too familiar and it doesn't get repetitive. A lot happens yet it doesn't ever feel rushed or over-stuffed.

Laurel and Hardy are on top form here, both are well used, both have material worthy of them and they're equal rather than one being funnier than the other (before Laurel tended to be funnier and more interesting than Hardy, who tended to be underused). Their chemistry feels like a partnership here too, before 'Two Tars' you were yearning for more scenes with them together but in 'The Chimp' and on the most part from 'Two Tars' onwards we are far from robbed of that. Their comic timing is impeccable.

'The Chimp' looks good visually, aside from the chimp, is full of energy and the direction gets the best out of the stars, is at ease with the material and doesn't let it get too busy or static. The supporting players are solid, particularly Billy Gilbert, but it's Laurel and Hardy's show all the way.

Overall, good fun if inconsistent. 7/10 Bethany Cox


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed