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WHY PAY RENT?

Elmer fixes up a room for his just-married, freeloading brother-in-law and wife. When the newlyweds show up, Henry brings a surprise in the form of stepson Junior. The apartment is now too small, so Henry decides that they'll buy a lot and build a do-it-yourself home, a disaster in the making when Junior switches the house's part numbers. It doesn't help matters that Elmer, Henry and the wives are all incompetent.



Some of the construction sight gags, including the final scene, were redone two years later by Moe, Larry and Curly in THE SITTER-DOWNERS.

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Featuring
Shemp Howard (Solo)
Release Date
May 04, 1935
Studio
Vitaphone
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
21.9 min.
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Prod. No.:   1815-1816
Shooting Days:   0 days   From: 1934-11-30   To: 1934-11-30

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  • "Meet the wife, and don't laugh."
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Re: WHY PAY RENT?
Posted 2009-12-16 15:34:11 by falsealarms
Fun short. Lots of nice bits, such as the wives sawing the uneven table, the glue gags, and the rolling roofing material (which we see in a few Stooge shorts with carpeting). The concept of rolling into your home was amusing as well. The background music is nice and adds something to the short.

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Re: WHY PAY RENT?
Posted 2003-05-27 19:56:00 by [Deleted Member]
One of a long line of "destructive construction" comedieslike Buster Keaton's "One Week" (from which it borrows amajor plot device"" someone changing the numbers on the partsof a pre-fab house), and Laurel & Hardy's "The FinishingTouch." Roscoe Ates's stammer sounds a lot like Porky Pig's,and that makes me wonder if he wasn't the inspiration forPorky's voice. In a W.C. Fields-like touch, Shemp isbedeviled by a nasty little kid. Not the best of theVitaphone comedies with Shemp; and those other, earlierfilms are a lot funnier and faster-paced, as is "TheSitter-Downers." It's not that bad either"" worth watchingonce at least, especially if you're a Shemp fan.

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Re: WHY PAY RENT?
Posted 2002-07-08 01:04:00 by Del Lord
Definitely a, er... blueprint for SITTER-DOWNERS, but I found this one to be a little tiresome. Ates isn't a particularly amusing performer, IMO, and Shemp (to say nothing of the rest of the cast) comes dangerously close to crossing the line between amusing and abrasive.

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