One Good Turn (1931 film)

For other uses of the term, see One Good Turn (disambiguation).
One Good Turn

Theatrical release poster
Directed by James W. Horne
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by H.M. Walker
Starring Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Music by Marvin Hatley
Leroy Shield
Cinematography Art Lloyd
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • October 31, 1931 (1931-10-31)
Running time
20' 35"
Country United States
Language English

One Good Turn is a 1931 American Pre-Code short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy.


Stan and Ollie are suffering during the Great Depression and begging for food. A friendly old lady provides them with some sandwiches. Enjoying their meal they hear that the old lady will be thrown out of her house because she is robbed and cannot pay her mortgage. They don't know that the old lady is rehearsing a play. Stan and Ollie decide to repay the old lady by selling their car. During the auction a drunken man (Billy Gilbert) puts a wallet in Stan's pocket. Ollie accuses Stan of having robbed the old lady but when they return to the old lady's place they hear the truth. Stan takes revenge on Ollie.



Stan Laurel's daughter Lois was fearful of Oliver Hardy (known to her as "Uncle Babe") when her father was hit by Hardy in many Laurel and Hardy films. So, Laurel wrote a scene in which Hardy was hit by him.

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