Me and My Pal (1933)

Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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It is Oliver Hardy's triumphant wedding day -- he is marrying the boss's daughter and thus becoming general manager for the International Horsecollar Corporation. The so-called best man (Stan Laurel -- who else?) arrives with the ring and tickets to Chicago for the honeymoon (Ollie actually wanted to go to Saskatchewan, but Stan tells him "the man said there was no such place as Seskatch, Suscuash..."). He has also brought a wedding present, which Ollie insists that he open right away. It's a jigsaw puzzle. Ollie is properly disgusted by such a silly gift, but when Stan starts trying to put it together, he is inadvertently drawn into working it, too. The taxi comes to take them to the wedding, but the cab driver (Eddie Dunn) winds up coming in the house and also becoming hypnotized by the puzzle. The cab is parked by a fire hydrant and the ticket-writing cop comes in the house and he now becomes engrossed in the puzzle. Ollie makes a few attempts to leave the house but never quite makes it, and finally the angry father-of-the-bride (the perpetually ire-filled James Finlayson) storms over to Ollie's home. But the policeman refuses to let anyone leave -- a puzzle piece is missing! A huge fight ensues, the house is all but destroyed and everyone is arrested -except Ollie and Stan, that is. They come out of hiding and Stan pulls out a telegram that had arrived while everyone was working on the puzzle. It's from Ollie's broker, telling him to sell all his stock at a profit. But before he can even think of reaching for a phone, a news flash comes on the radio, saying that the company has been wiped out. As Ollie sits and contemplates his ruined life, Stan finds the missing puzzle piece. Ollie resoundingly throws him out.