Most Laurel and Hardy aficionados consider this film among the comic duo's very best two-reelers, and it is especially rich in slapstick antics. It opens up with an extremely hungover Oliver Hardy admonishing himself in the mirror for throwing such a wild party the night before. An arriving telegram informs him that his wife (Blanche Payson), who has conveniently been out of town, is due to come back that day. He must pull his mess of a home together -- fast. In a panic, he calls his friend Stan Laurel to come help him. It is almost pointless to relate the rest of the film because it can easily be guessed. Suffice it to say that by the end of the second reel, Ollie, with a black eye and no wife, is sitting in the middle of his destroyed, roofless home as rain begins to fall. Helpmates, with its wonderful physical and verbal humor, is a must-see for anyone who loves comedy. … More
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