Film Review – HELPMATES (1932)

HELPMATES (1932, USA) *****
Comedy
dist. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM); pr co. Hal Roach Studios; d. James Parrott; w. H.M. Walker; pr. Hal Roach (uncredited); ph. Art Lloyd (B&W. 35mm. Spherical. 1.37:1); m. Marvin Hatley, Leroy Shield (both stock music); ed. Richard C. Currier; rel. 23 January 1932 (USA); BBFC cert: U; r/t. 21m.
cast: Stan Laurel (Stan), Oliver Hardy (Ollie), Bobby Burns (Neighbour (uncredited)), Bob Callahan (Messenger (uncredited)), Blanche Payson (Mrs. Hardy (uncredited)).
One of Laurel & Hardy’s very best shorts. Oliver’s house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophes ensue. Side-splitting sight gags are piled on top of each other as Oliver’s dignity is unravelled by Stan’s dim-witted help and his own pomposity. The final gag is wonderfully ironic.