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Perfect Day 1929


Perfect Day 1929

Two Reels

Produced Hal Roach

Released August 10th 1929

Directed James Parrott

Story Hal E. Roach and Leo McCarey

Edited Richard Currier

Story Edited H.M. Walker

Compositions used in incidental music scoring (1936 reissue) Marvin T. Hatley, Nathaniel Shilkret and Le Roy Shield

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Players

Un c l e

Mrs. Hardy

Mrs. Laurel

Neighbour

Edgar Kennedy

Kay Deslys

Isabelle Keith

Baldwin Cooke


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The Hardys and the Laurels are preparing for a picnic; the ladies busily aflutter with odds and ends and the men making the sandwiches. Unfortunately, the way to the kitchen is through a swinging door, which pushes Stan into Ollie, knocking a tray of heaped sandwiches considerably awry. The boys do some mutual shoving against each other, which upsets the wives (Kay Deslys and Isabelle Keith), but they remind the boys that it is the Sabbath, a day of peace. Sheepishly, the boys agree that there will be no more arguments. The sandwiches are salvaged but once again are spilled all over the floor when Ollie tries to pull their dog off the gouty foot...

...of Uncle Edgar (Edgar Kennedy), who is going to the picnic under protest. As the gang prepares to depart, the neighbors along the street wave and shout, “Good-bye! Good-bye!” The picnickers return the cheery farewell. The motor starts–and the left rear tire runs over a nail and flattens. Everyone has to get out while the tire is changed. Edgar sits on the running board, laughing sardonically. Stan accidentally steps on Edgar’s foot; he yells. Edgar puts his foot on the running board; Ollie shoves Stan again; Stan sits on Edgar’s foot; he yells. Edgar holds his foot up; Stan slams the car door on it; Edgar yells. The tire jack is knocked over on Edgar’s foot; he yells. The nail is pulled from the tire. While he puts on the spare, Ollie directs Stan to hook the old one on the back. Once all is in order, Ollie starts the car, releases the brake–and the neighbors cry, “Good-bye! Good-bye!” The picnickers chorus, “Good-bye! Good-bye!” 28


But the car doesn’t move– for an excellent reason–the jack is still supporting the axle. Stan lowers the jack; the new tire is flat. Ollie grabs the jack from Stan, throws it away angrily–and a crash of glass is heard from the house next door. A neighbor (Baldwin Cooke) grimly walks over with the jack and hurls it through the car windshield.

With equal grimness, Stan picks up a brick, slowly walks over to the neighbor’s house, and throws it through a window.

The neighbor determinedly walks over to the Hardys’ house and they watch as he pitches a brick through their window.

Stan and Ollie have taken off their coats to continue the duel more actively when they freeze in horror, looking down the sidewalk. They hastily put their coats on and run to the car. Seconds later, a parson strides by sanctimoniously. The boys find they have put on each other’s coats, and once this is righted, they are set to drive off. “Good-bye! Good-bye!” “Goodbye! Good-bye!” Now the starter won’t work so Ollie must crank the car, which he does to no avail. Testily, Ollie instructs Stan to throw out the clutch–and Stan does so literally, on the street. The cranking works, the car starts. “Good-bye! Good-bye!” “Good-bye! Goodbye!” Ollie waves...

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...and smoke pours out of the motor. Stan picks up a nearby hose and aims it unsteadily, spraying Ollie liberally.

Friendly neighbors from across the street (Clara Guiol and Harry Bernard) watch the conflagration in horror. The unfriendly neighbor walks over and demands his hose. Ollie pushes Stan angrily against the car and the motor starts. The boys eagerly climb aboard. “Good-bye! Good-bye!” “Good-bye! Good-bye!”

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The car actually leaves, drives past a sign indicating a closed road, and moves across a muddy pool. As the car slowly sinks into the black morass,the picnickers look back at their neighbors and shout, “Good-bye! Good-bye!,” until mud covers all.


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