Swiss Miss (1938)

Swiss Miss (1938)




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American mousetrap salesmen Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy journey to Switzerland, reasoning that where there's cheese, there's mice. When they innocently try to pay their dinner bill with phony money, Stan and Ollie are put to work in the kitchen of the Alpen Hotel. Their enforced stay coincides with the visit of famed composer Walter Woolf King, who has come to Switzerland to soak up "local color." He also hopes to write an operetta that will succeed on its own merits, without the lovely voice of his lovely actress wife Della Lynd winning over the audience. But Lynd is determined to star in King's latest opus, and to that end she finagles Stan and Ollie into getting her a job as a hotel chambermaid. As the plot rolls along its merry way, Ollie labors under the misapprehension that Lynd is in love with him. Swiss Miss is, on the whole, one of Laurel and Hardy's weaker feature films, with far too much emphasis on the romantic leads and way too many forgettable songs ("Crick Crick Crick Here the Cricket" is a particular low point). But the team's individual scenes save the show, even though Stan Laurel, who'd been ill during production, looks like he's about to fall asleep at any moment. Best bits: Stan hoodwinking a St. Bernard out of a cask of brandy; Ollie serenading Lynd while Stan accompanies him on tube; and the legendary sequence, immortalized by film critic James Agee, wherein Stan and Ollie try to transport a piano across a rope bridge high above an alpine chasm--only to confront a gorilla! One of the screenwriters of Swiss Miss was Jean Negulesco, later the director of such memorable films as Mask of Dmitrios, Three Strangers, Titanic and How to Marry a Millionaire.
Classics , Comedy , Romance
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Oliver Hardy
as Oliver
Della Lind
as Anna Albert
Walter Woolf King
as Victor Albert
Eric Blore
as Edward
Eddie Kane
as Village tradesman
Anita Garvin
as His Bickering Wife
Franz Hug
as Flag thrower
Ludovico Tomarchio
as Anton Luigi
Sam Lufkin
as Bearded Swiss Peasant
Tex Driscoll
as Bearded Swiss Peasant
George Sorel
as Joseph the Chauffeur
Harry Semels
as Organ-Grinder
Lester Dorr
as Swiss Dress Extras for the Alpenfest
Etherine Landucci
as Accordian Player with Gorilla
Conrad Seidemann
as Gardener
Joseph Struder
as Yodeling
Ed Johnson
as Bellboys at the Alpen Hotel
Louis Struder
as Yodeling
Otto Jehle
as Yodeling
Bob O'Connor
as Astonished Swiss Villager
Michael Mark
as Astonished Swiss Villager
Jean De Briac
as Enrico the Waiter
Agostino Borgato
as Man with Mule-drawn Cart
Jacques Vanaire
as Alpen Hotel Waiter
James B. Carson
as Alpen Hotel Waiter
Ethetine Landucci
as Accordion Player with Gorilla
Ed Searpa
as Alpen Hotel Waiter
Doodles Weaver
as Driver of the Ancient Taxi
Val Raset
as Dancer
Charles Gemora
as Gorilla
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Critic Reviews for Swiss Miss

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A touch of schmaltz worked box-office wonders for the Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera, so Hal Roach pitched a tubful at this 1938 Laurel and Hardy vehicle. It's one of their worst films.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Definitely worth seeing, but if you're new to the Laurel and Hardy cult and haven't seen it and are thinking of buying it, be advised that, despite their top billing, they are almost guest stars here.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Empire Magazine

The film still contains a couple of classic sequences, most notably Stan's attempt to trick a St Bernard dog into letting him at its brandy keg and Ollie singing Let Me Call You Sweetheart to Stan's sousaphone accompaniment.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Radio Times

One of Laurel and Hardy's less effective outings.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
TV Guide

So the plot has more holes than Emmenthal cheese, but who cares? More troubling are the romantic interludes and outbreaks of syrupy operetta that retard the comedy -- but they're worth sitting through for two of the pair's most sublime routines.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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