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|Chickens Come Home|
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|Directed by||James W. Horne|
|Produced by||Hal Roach|
|Written by||Hal Roach (story)|
H.M. Walker (dialogue)
|Music by||Marvin Hatley|
|Edited by||Richard C. Currier|
|30' 26" (English)|
56' 11" (Spanish)
Chickens Come Home is a 1931 American pre-Code short film starring Laurel and Hardy, directed by James W. Horne and produced by Hal Roach. It was shot in January, 1931 and released on February 21, 1931. It is a remake of the 1927 silent film Love 'em and Weep in which Jimmy Finlayson plays Hardy's role and Hardy plays a party guest.
Fertilizer dealer and mayoral candidate Ollie is confronted at his office by an old flame (Mae Busch) who threatens to publish an old photograph of the woman and Ollie riding piggyback on the beach if she is not paid off. Ollie agrees to meet her that evening to make a settlement. The woman is hastily concealed in the bathroom when Mrs. Hardy (Thelma Todd) arrives to remind Ollie that they will be hosting a dinner party that evening. After Mrs. Hardy and then the blackmailing woman leave, Ollie recruits employee Stan to go to the woman's apartment while Ollie attends the party. The maneuver does not please the woman, who demands Ollie's telephone number, touching off a variety of misunderstandings and suspicions of unfaithfulness between the boys, their wives, Ollie's butler and Mrs. Laurel's gossipy friend.
The woman eventually makes it to Ollie's house, despite Stan's efforts; Ollie passes her off as Mrs. Laurel to avoid suspicion. After the guests leave, Ollie threatens to kill the woman and then himself, causing her to faint. The boys attempt to get her out of the house, but Mrs. Hardy and Mrs. Laurel, the latter armed with a hatchet, easily catch on, and the boys flee.
|Stan Laurel||as Mr. Stan Laurel|
|Oliver Hardy||as Mr. Oliver Hardy|
|Mae Busch||as Ollie's old flame|
|Baldwin Cooke||as office worker|
|Gordon Douglas||as passerby outside apartment|
|Norma Drew||as Mrs. Laurel|
|James Finlayson||as butler|
|Elizabeth Forrester||as passerby outside apartment|
|Charles K. French||as Judge|
|Clara Guiol||as secretary|
|Frank Holliday||as Mr. Holliday|
|Ham Kinsey||as Mr. Kinsey|
|Dorothy Layton||as office worker|
|Venice Lloyd||as office worker|
|Patsy O'Byrne||as busybody|
|Gertrude Pedlar||as Judge's wife|
|Frank Rice||as Hardy's dinner servant|
|Thelma Todd||as Mrs. Hardy|
A Spanish-language version of this film was completely re-shot with the stars delivering their lines in phonetic Spanish. It was expanded to one hour by adding scenes of magician Abraham J. Cantu and vaudeville regurgitator Hadji Ali performing at the Hardy dinner party. Titled Politiquerias, the film was released in Latin American and Spanish markets as a feature.
Joining headliners Laurel and Hardy in this version is a supporting cast of native Spanish speakers: Linda Loredo portrays Mrs. Hardy, Carmen Granada is Mrs. Laurel, and Rina De Liguoro is in the Mae Busch role as Oliver's old girlfriend. James Finlayson, however, reprises his role as the Hardy butler and still absorbs the abuse—and even more—from the magician and the regurgitator in the added scenes.