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Swiss Miss is a Laurel & Hardy sound feature film released 20 May 1938.

Summary

Stan and Ollie are mousetrap salesmen hoping for better business in Switzerland, with Stan's theory that because there is more cheese in Switzerland, there should be more mice.

While visiting one village, they find the villagers unresponsive. On top of that, a cheese shop owner cons them out of their wares with a bogus banknote, and they are forced to work as dishwashers in a nearby hotel after ordering a slap-up meal they are unable to pay for. They also had antagonized and insulted the chef, who tells them that for each dish they break they work another day. A Viennese composer at the hotel is disrupted by the presence of his wife, an opera singer who upstages him constantly; Ollie subsequently falls in love with her. Various mis-adventures ensue including Stan getting drunk on a St. Bernard's keg of brandy, a confrontation with a local street musician's gorilla on a perilously-perched rope bridge, while carting a small piano over it to an isolated cliff house so the composer can work there in peace. This struggle ends with the bridge breaking and the portable piano and gorilla plunging into the abyss.

The smashing of the piano obliges the composer to use the large organ near the staircase, until a replacement is delivered. Assigned to wash the stairs, the boys inadvertently dump soapy water into the organ pipes and this causes the music to be accompanied by bubbles as the composer works on his latest piece. The boys have some fun with the 'musical' bubbles.

Also in love with the opera singer, the chef sees Ollie as a rival, especially after he was awakened by Stan playing the tuba outside his window. The boys thought that it was the singer's window and Ollie was serenading her. The angry chef douses Ollie with a pitcher of water and then threatens the boys. The next day, the rivalry comes to a head with a wild chase. The boys overpower the hotel's burly chef and visit the singer, only to discover that she is indeed married to the composer. As they leave the hotel and village, they are then confronted by the vengeful gorilla on crutches who hurls a crutch at them before they depart, running.

Cast

  • Stan Laurel as Stan
  • Oliver Hardy as Ollie
  • Walter Woolf King as Victor Albert
  • Della Lind as Anna Albert
  • Eric Blore as Edward, Victor's assistant
  • Adia Kuznetzoff as the hotel cook
  • Charles Judels as the Cheese Shop Owner
  • Ludovico Tomarchio as Luigi, hotel chef
  • Franz Hug as a Flag Thrower
  • Jean de Briac as Enrico
  • George Sorel as Joseph
  • Charles Gemora as a Gorilla