The Fixer Uppers - Period Reviews
MOTION PICTURE EXHIBITOR, April 1, 1935: "More of a situation comedy than a gag one. Good story involving the boys in a duel with a crazed artist. Could have been better with more incidental comic bits, but satisfactory anywhere. Good."
THE FILM DAILY, July 5, 1935: "Good comedy. As a couple of Christmas card salesmen who try to cure an artist of neglecting his wife, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy deliver their usual load of laughs. The wife, Mae Busch, hires the lads to put on an act that will make the husband jealous. But hubby takes it seriously, challenges Oliver to a duel, and causes quite a commotion before the conclusion is reached. The cast also includes Arthur Housman in one of his souse bits, which is good for some additional laughs."
MOTION PICTURE HERALD, April 20, 1935, WHAT THE PICTURE DID FOR ME exhibitor reports: "Okay Laurel & Hardy short subject. Better than TIT FOR TAT. John A. Milligan, Broadway Theatre, Schuylerville, New York." Also, "A fine Laurel & Hardy short comedy. C.L. Niles, Niles Theatre, Anamosa, Iowa. General patronage."
MOTION PICTURE HERALD, May 25, 1935, WHAT THE PICTURE DID FOR ME exhibitor reports: "A very good comedy. Running time, two reels. B.C. Brown, Vernon Theatre, Viroqua, Wisconsin. General patronage."
MOTION PICTURE HERALD, June 8, 1935, WHAT THE PICTURE DID FOR ME exhibitor reports: "Very good Laurel & Hardy. B. Hollenbeck, Rose Theatre, Sumas, Washington. Small town patronage."
So the trade reviews graded THE FIXER UPPERS as good, good, okay, fine, very good, and very good. Meaning, pretty good.
-- by Richard W. Bann --