County Hospital (1932)
County Hospital (1932)

Genre: Slapstick and Short Running Time: 19 min.

Release Date: June 25th, 1932 MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Director: James Parrott Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert, May Wallace, William Austin, Belle Hare

 


 

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tan Laurel drives to the county hospital to visit his good pal Oliver Hardy, up on the top floor in room 14. The poor rotund man has a busted leg, hoisted off the ground in a pulley system, confining him to his bed – and he’s not really in the mood for company. “I didn’t expect to see you here today.”

Rather than enjoying a nice box of candy himself, Hardy is forced to watch his constant companion choke down some hard-boiled eggs and nuts, eventually fumbling with water and the rigging for Oliver’s leg. This results in some impressive physical comedy, aided by the over-the-top assistance of a dark-haired doctor (Billy Gilbert), who manages to precariously dangle out a window when all he wanted to do was check in on his ward. “How is my little patient today?”

Although this is one of Laurel and Hardy’s simpler pictures, based mostly in a single room, the slapstick is exceptionally diverting and destructive. The use of primitive special effects for a reckless drive through a bustling city toward the end doesn’t fare as well, since the technology isn’t nearly good enough to be convincing. But the closing shot is one of their very best.

– Mike Massie

  • 6/10