The Cracked Ice Man
 
Series: Charley Chase Distribution: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  Directors: Charley Chase, Eddie Dunn  Cinematography: Francis Corby
Production: C-20 Type: Sound short Producer: Hal Roach  Editor: William Terhune
Released: 27 January 1934 Length: 2-reels Dialogue: H.M. Walker  Sound recording: Warren B. Delaplain

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DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ The ice man (Harry Bowen) arrives with his delivery whilst Charley is about to take a bath.  He begins rambling on about current affairs whilst emptying Charley's ice box.  Charley, not wanting to engage in the conversation, abruptly instructs the man to leave.  Charley then walks along the street to find a distressed woman who has lost her canary.  Charley spots the bird up on a telegraph pole and calls it down successfully.  But the distressed woman (Betty Mack) sees her mother approaching and tells Charley to conceal the bird quickly.  Charley stuffs the canary in his trouser pocket and is introduced to the mother, who invites him inside.
All the while, Charley continues to chat with the mother (Florence Roberts) whilst the bird is flapping and chirping in his trousers.  Unable to get the bird out, Charley decides to shove some bird seed down there to keep the canary quiet whilst the mother rambles on about her siblings in the Spanish-American war.  Finally, Charley is able to deliver the bird back into its cage without the mother realising, and makes an excuse to leave.
Chase arrives at his school and meets Professor (Billy) Gilbert, who tells him that he will be taking charge of the kindergarten class.
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Facts
Production C-20 - Charley Chase series.
Copyrighted December 13, 1933.

Filming dates
• 1933.

Trivia
The canary is called Milson.
Cuba is mentioned on a number of occasions throughout the film; firstly in the conversation with the ice man recalling the news headlines, then later with the elderly mother talking about her brother, and then with Billy Gilbert in his office.
When Billy Gilbert is talking to Charley outside his office, he refers to him as "Mister Chase".  If Chase was a professor, then surely he should be referred to as "Professor Chase"?

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DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Charley Chase
Professor Charley Chase
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Betty Mack
Betty
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Billy Gilbert
Professor William Gilbert LLD.FSD.
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Harry Bowen
The cracked ice man
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Florence Roberts
Betty's mother
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Harry Bernard
Ice man's partner
Gordon Douglas
Mr. Douglas
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Spanky McFarland
Boy in classroom
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Tommy Bond
Boy in classroom
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
Boy in classroom
Tommy McFarland
Boy in classroom
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Acknowledgements:
Smile When The Raindrops Fall by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmons (book)
Jim Dallape (help and assistance)
Stan Taffel (poster)
Matthew Lydick (identification of Tommy McFarland)

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