The Music Box

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More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them.
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The Music Box is a Laurel and Hardy short film comedy released in 1932. It was directed by James Parrott, produced by Hal Roach and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film won the very first Academy Award for Live Action Short Film (Comedy) in 1932. It has been considered culturally significant by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Opening title card

"Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy decided to reorganize and resupervise their entire financial structure -- so they took the $3.80 and went into business."


  • The Professor: Well?! When are you two numskulls going to take this thing out of the way?!
    Ollie: What's it to you?!
    The Professor: I should like to pass.
    Ollie: Why don't you walk around?
    The Professor: What, walk around?! Me, Professor Theodore von Schwarzenhoffen, M.D., A.D., D.D.S., F.L.D., F.F.F. AND F., SHOULD WALK AROUND!?!!?!
  • Stan: Don't you think you are bounding over your steps?
    Police Officer: Whadd'ya mean, "bounding over my steps?"
    Ollie: (trying to cover up for Stan) Oh, I think he means "overstepping your bounds"!
  • Ollie: (cheerfully) Why, we just delivered your piano.
    The Professor:Piano? Piano?! I hate and detest pianos! They are mechanical blunderbusses! Take it out of here before I commit murder!
  • Ollie: Just a moment! THIS requires a little thought.