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The Music Box (1932) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

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Two bungling fools deliver a piano to a house. They first struggle to haul it up an incredibly large staircase up a hill to the house. Several times they lose it and have to start over. When they finally reach the top, another delivery man asks why they didn't drive around the hill and up the driveway. So the two morons lug the piano back down the stairs and drive it up the driveway.
Nobody was home and the door was locked so one of the men climbed onto the balcony and rigged up a pulley to pull it in the window. The pulley broke and the swung free, crashing through the front door.   They take the piano out the crate.
While maneuvering around they break a radio and the chandelier. When the homeowner comes home and sees the mess, he flips out. He smashes the piano and chases the two fools away.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson



The Laurel and Hardy Moving Company has the disheartening task of hauling a player piano (a "music box," as they were known then) up an endless outdoor stairway to Professor van Schwarzenhoffen's home. During their painfully funny Sisyphean labors, they encounter a sassy nursemaid, a woman with a baby carriage, and a fussy gentleman they later discover is the professor himself. Several times, the music box cascades painfully back down to the bottom of the stone steps. When the hapless pair finally reach the house (in reality, producer Hal Roach's mansion), they half destroy the premises in completing the delivery, and the professor explodes with rage, not knowing the contraption is a surprise gift from his wife. This classic early
comedy was reportedly half-improvised to fulfill a contractual obligation to the Roach Studios, but ended up winning an Oscar for Best Short Subject.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Comedy or Parody about    -   physical comedy How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None

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