Doctor's Orders  
 
13 September 1930
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
sound short
2-reels

 

Director: Arch Heath  Producer: Hal Roach  Dialogue: H.M. Walker
Cinematography: Len Powers  Editor: Richard C. Currier  Sound recording: Elmer Raguse

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ It's Gerty's (Messenger) birthday and her uncle Ed (Kennedy) has brought her home a gift, though he pretends he has forgotten.  During an affectionate exchange between them, Gerty manages to get the boxed gift from Ed and runs off with it.  He gives chase and wrestles with her to get it back.  To the casual observer, it looks like he is assaulting her and a passing laundry truck driver (David Sharpe) spots this.
Dave leaps out of his vehicle and runs over to assist the young lady, tieing up the uncle with a hosepipe.  When the girl reveals the man to be her uncle, the young man bolts, but not before he confesses his love for her.  He meets up with Alabam (Grady Sutton), a young man about to take his own life because of his love for a woman.  The two men form a plan to win over the affections of the girls they are in love with.
The next day, Mickey (Daniels) drives Alabam to the girl's house and parks his car up her garden tree, faking an accident.  Dave plays the part of a passing doctor-in disguise and insists the 'injured man' be taken into the house.  Not to be outdone, Mickey also wants in on the deal and stages his own accident, drawing attention to the ladies.
The two apparently injured men are taken in by the young ladies and given beds.  It soon becomes apparent that the whole thing is a set-up, when the women realise the boys have swapped beds and the 'doctor' loses his fake moustache and sideburns.  Doctor Dave administers a drink of cleaning fluid to his patients and forces them to drink it in front of the girls.
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Facts
•Filmed April 15 - May 2, 1930.  Additional shooting dates: May 11-12, June 28, 1930.
•Copyrighted July 7, 1930.
•Production #S-32.
•Released as part of the All Star series; it was the first film in 'The Boy Friends' series.
•Also made as Spanish version entitled Lo ordeno el doctor, which used the English original with full-frame cut-in titles, but wasn't accepted by MGM for release in this format.
Did you notice?
•During the opening talking credits, the Crane sister on the right is very fidgety.
•In the very first scene in the car, the boys sing "Smile When The Raindrops Fall", a popular theme song from the Hal Roach films.

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ David Sharpe
Dave
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Gertrude Messinger
Gertie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Mary Kornman
Mary
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Mickey Daniels
Mickey
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Dorothy Granger
Dorothy
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Grady Sutton
Alabam
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Edgar Kennedy
Uncle
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Tiny Sandford
Cop
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Betty Mae Crane /
Beverly Crane

Talking titles

Acknowledgements:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020831/ (IMDb.com)
"A History Of The Hal Roach Studios" by Richard Lewis Ward (book)

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