The Music Box (1932) was a Short Films Film directed by James Parrott and produced by Hal Roach.
Stan and Ollie of the Laurel & Hardy Moving Company attempt to deliver a player piano to "1127 Walnut Avenue" -- the house "right on top of the stoop." But, as luck would have it, the "top of the stoop" is atop a seemingly endless flight of stairs, and the duo must contend with some crazy mishaps and comic characters along the way.
The film stars legendary duo, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, with support from Lilyan Irene (a sassy nursemaid), Sam Lufkin (an angry police officer), and Billy Gilbert as the ever-impatient Professor von Schwarzenhoffen!
The Music Box won the first Academy Award for Live Action Short Film (Comedy) in 1932, and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1997 by the Library of Congress for being ?culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.?
Source: article by Annmarie Gatti
The Music Box was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.
Academy Awards 1931/32 --- Ceremony Number 5 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Live Action Short||Hal Roach, Producer||Won|
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Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen: Gentlemen, is there anything I can do to show you how sorry I am?
Ollie: [smiling] Just sign here.
[as he takes the top off the pen, ink explodes into the Professor's face. He chases Stan and Ollie out of the house. Fade]
Stan: Say listen, don't you think you're bounding over your step?
Policeman: What do you mean bounding over my step?
Ollie: Why, he means overstepping your bounds.
[hits Stan on head with his baton]
Policeman: Now let that be a lesson to you!
[pokes him in the stomach]
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The idea for the film came to a Hal Roach comedy writer in 1927 when he passed a long flight of stairs in the Silverlake area of L.A. and thought it would be a good idea to have Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy trying to move something heavy up them.
According to a 1960s interview with Billy Gilbert for the Blackhawk Films catalog, the object Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had to carry up the stairs was changed from a washing machine (in the earlier silent version, Hats Off) to a piano because a piano, while heavy and massive, is also delicate. Gilbert also said that several dummy pianos were made up for the film, and a number of them were completely destroyed. He used a German accent in the film to avoid confusion with James Finlayson and Edgar Kennedy, who also played comic villains in Laurel and Hardy movies.
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