They make a shambles of the living room while unpacking it. During their first attempt, they encounter a lady Lilyan Irene with a baby carriage trying to go down the steps; in trying to let her pass, they knock the piano back down the stairs. That publication date is also four days after Laurel and Hardy's film received an Academy Award for being the best comedy short released between August 1, 1931, and July 31, 1932. But the biggest problem is the force of gravity, which repeatedly pulls the piano back down to the bottom of the stairs. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. Not all contemporary reviews, however, were positive.
Naturally the piano falls down the stairs several times once with Hardy hanging on to it for dear life. Furious, Schwartzenhoffen blows his temper again and makes the duo run away. It was produced by Hal Roach directed by James Parrott and its dialogue was written by H. Typically, the boys take the piano back down and bring it up the right way, by the side road, only to find that the person receiving the piano is a temperamental professor who had been annoyed by them earlier. The steps are also used, for a gag similar to Hats Off and The Music Box, in Ice Cold Cocos 1926 , a comedy short directed by. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles, California.
A reference to that pen name is included in the headline of his obituary , The New York Times, January 22, 1934, p. They have improved on Chaplin, which is no easy task. Contrary to popular belief, the long staircase is not the same one used by in their 1941 film. Music Box The 1932 — full review! Today is the anniversary of the release date of The Music Box 1932 , considered by many to be the greatest comedy of all time. The film, which depicts the pair attempting to move a piano up a large flight of steps, won the first Comedy in 1932.
Finally, Stan and Ollie get the piano to the top, where Ollie falls into a fountain. Meanwhile, the owner of 1127 Walnut Avenue is revealed to be Professor von Schwartzenhoffen, who returns and is outraged at what he finds, as he hates pianos. Meanwhile, the piano has rolled down the steps again. Its virtues are primarily formal: it is delightfully well-constructed, in pacing and the organization and proliferation of gags. You constantly figure the concept has to be exhausted, but nope. They are hired to deliver a player piano to an address which turns out to be up a very long flight of steps The whole film involves the pair's adventures bringing the piano up the steps, the piano sliding back down, the pair bringing it up again -- and then being told by the postman Charlie Hall that they could have driven it up a side road. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy play characters who run a transfer company.
Halfway up, they encounter the short-tempered and pompous Professor Theodore von Schwartzenhoffen , M. The repeated obstacles, setbacks, and heartbreaks all the way up the hill. Any pair of clowns can make haw-haws out of roughhouse; this pair have reached distinction by reason of a comic quality within themselves. The outraged professor leaves, loudly threatening to have the two arrested. It was directed by , produced by and distributed by. . Perhaps they got their idea from , who once was screamingly funny as a piano-mover's helper—but don't hold that against them.
Not with a pair as absurdly, ridiculously, and insanely awkward as these two. After the lady laughs at them, Stan kicks her in her backside, causing her to punch him back and hit Ollie over the head with a milk bottle. A plaque commemorating the film was set into one of the lower steps in the 1990s at. We learn later that her husband played by Billy Gilbert uncredited knew nothing about this surprise through his interactions with the comedy duo. If you have any legal issues please contact the appropriate media file owners or host sites. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program. Their attempts to carry the piano up the stairs result in it rolling and crashing into the street below several times, twice with Ollie in tow.
He expressed disappointment too with Stan and Ollie's performances and with the film's ending and pacing: Less than average subject for this comedy pair, who depend on house wrecking for their laughs instead of upon the laughs within the situations themselves. To apologize for his actions, the Professor signs the delivery receipt, but the pen Stan and Ollie give him squirts ink over his face. Despite that recognition of excellence and the public's favorable response to the film, the reviewer for Variety, New York critic Alfred Greason, found the short's overall script lacking. She tells the manager her address — 1127 Walnut Avenue — and he hires the Laurel and Hardy Transfer Company to deliver the piano in their freight wagon. Stan and Ollie promptly carry the piano back down the stairs, put it back in their wagon and drive it up the hill to the house. As they ring the bell of 1127 Walnut Avenue, the piano rolls back down to the street again.
He screams at Stan and Ollie to get the piano out of his way, and Stan knocks the Professor's top hat down the stairs and into the street, where it is crushed by a passing vehicle. The steps can also be seen in the silent comedy 1925 , during a scene in which Chase is trying to sell fountain pens to. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. He destroys the piano in a fit of pique before discovering that his wife purchased it for him as a gift. Those stairs 147 steps in length are approximately two miles northeast, located at 2212 Edendale Place in the district of.
And it is a fast and funny half-hour. The steps are also referenced in , a short story by , as the meeting place of the couple in the story, who call each other Ollie and Stan in homage to the comedic duo. This Academy Award winning Best Short Subject Comedy starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy was added to the National Film Registry in 1997. This rather thin story is used for countless gags many of which are repeated almost to excess using slapstick humor. Stan and Ollie then heft the piano back up the stairs.