The Music Box

The Music Box ★★★½

Part of My 1930s Challenge

Short Comedy. Investing their life saving, all $3.80 of it, the boys go into business. They get a horse-drawn cart and form the Laurel & Hardy Transport. Co. Their first job is to deliver a player piano to a Los Angeles residence that's high up a hill. After several comic attempts to negotiate the steep steps, they learn from the post man there's a road to the top. But when they find nobody home to take delivery, they decide to winch the piano crate up through a second floor window. It's one mishap after another in a classic performance of silliness and slapstick. Of special note, this Hal Roach production became the very first Oscar winner in the category of Best Short Subject, Comedy.

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