The Music Box (1932)

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Like the legendary Sisyphus, deliverymen Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs.


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29 December 1999 | Liedzeit
10
| The modern Sisyphus
Laurel and Hardy (or Dick und Doof as they were affectionately called in Germany) gave us many unforgettable films. As a rule the simpler the story the better. This short film is a master piece. There is not one scene in it that is not hilarious. And it is also quite deep when you think about. Even those of us who have never heard of Sisyphus will know the essence of the thing after watching this delightful little film.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The crate that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy wrestle with was empty, but the one shown sliding down the staircase really did have an upright piano in it. As it careens down the steps muffled, discordant tones can be heard.


Quotes

Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen: Oh, I think it looks gorgeous, I'll take it!
Piano Salesman: I'm so glad you like it. As you can see, it's the latest model.
Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen: Can you deliver it right away?
Piano Salesman: Right away, madam.
Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen: You see, it's my husband's birthday, and I want to surprise him.
Piano Salesman: Oh, I understand. And the...


Goofs

The Prof heatedly turns the control-lever for the player piano to its left-hand or "off" position when he storms into his house, yet the lever is in the right-hand "on" position when The Boys are starting to carry the piano back out of the room and the Prof comes bellowing back into the room with the ax.


Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy decided to re-organize and re-supervise their entire financial structure -

So they took the $ 3.80 and went into business -


Alternate Versions

This is one of the few Laurel and Hardy sound shorts featuring the original MGM credits, although the opening lion is still absent from all of the available prints. Film Classics reissued this film in Argentina replacing the MGM credits with titles of their own in Spanish titling this film as "La caja de música".


Soundtracks

The King's Horses (and the King's Men)
(uncredited)
Music by
Noel Gay
Performed offscreen on piano by Marvin Hatley

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Genres

Comedy | Short

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