The Music Box - Cast & Credits

Technical Credits

Produced by   Hal Roach
Directed by   James Parrott
Photographed by   Len Powers
Edited by   Richard Currier
Dialogue by   H. M. Walker
Sound by   James Greene
Assistant direction by   Morrie Lightfoot




Stan Laurel   Himself
Oliver Hardy   Himself
Professor Theodore von Schwarzenhoffen, M. D., A. D., D. D. S., F. L. D., F. F. F. and F.   Billy Gilbert
Piano salesman   William Gillespie
Postman   Charlie Hall
The missus   Hazel Howell
Wizened officer   Sam Lufkin
Haughty nursemaid   Lilyan Irene
Playing piano just off-scene   Marvin Hatley
The horse   Susie
Police radio dispatcher voice-over   Billy Bletcher

Production and Distribution

  • Laurel & Hardy series
  • Production number L-6
  • Working titles: TOP HEAVY, THE UP AND UP, and WORDS AND MUSIC
  • Principal photography: Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 18, 1931
  • Three reels, 2,700 feet, 30 minutes
  • Released April 16, 1932 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
  • Copyright March 14, 1932 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
  • Copyright renewed May 19, 1959 by Hal Roach Studios
    (copyright having been assigned in 1956)
  • Awarded the first-ever Oscar in the new category of live action comedy short subjects for the 1931-1932 season.

-- by Richard W. Bann --