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WHILE THE CAT'S AWAY

With the wives out of town, two husbands have been living it up a little too much. The apartment's a mess, and the hangover never ends. A phone call from the ladies announcing an early return home leaves Henry and Johnny in a frantic rush to clean up. Efforts are complicated by a vacuum cleaner salesman whose trial model explodes, a loose parakeet, and a cat. The building super's wife comes to the rescue with her cleaner, but the boys manage to lose her dress in the vacuum. Henry and Johnny hide her in a trunk, when their wives and her husband choose that moment to arrive.



Somewhat of a salute to the Hal Roach Studios, this comedy adapts plots from two Laurel and Hardy comedies, HELPMATES (1932) and UNACCUSTOMED AS WE ARE (1929). The short also features former Laurel & Hardy costar Anita Garvin (BLOTTO, BATTLE OF THE CENTURY) as Shemp's wife. Director Lloyd French once worked for Roach Studios as an Assistant Director and gag writer.

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Featuring
Shemp Howard (Solo)
Release Date
January 04, 1936
Studio
Vitaphone
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
22 min.
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Prod. No.:   1911-1912
Shooting Days:   5 days   From: 1935-09-14   To: 1935-09-19

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Re: WHILE THE CAT'S AWAY
Posted 2010-05-17 15:32:53 by falsealarms
Top notch solo Shemp. One amusing mishap after another led to a very entertaining short. Especially liked Johnny's method of cleaning dishes with a mop!

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Re: WHILE THE CAT'S AWAY
Posted 2001-05-08 21:44:00 by BeAStooge
Very funny reworking of two L&H films: "Unaccustomed As We Are" and "Helpmates," with L&H costar Anita Garvin as Shemp's wife.

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