Going Bye-Bye!

Going Bye Bye is a 1934 American pre-Code comedy short film starring Laurel and Hardy.

Going Bye Bye!
Directed byCharley Rogers
Produced byHal Roach
StarringStan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Mae Busch
Walter Long
CinematographyFrancis Corby
Edited byBert Jordan
Music byMarvin Hatley
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • June 23, 1934 (1934-06-23)
Running time
20' 53"
CountryUnited States


In a packed courtroom, Butch Long (Walter Long) vows revenge on 'squealers' Laurel and Hardy whose evidence has helped to send him to prison for the rest of his life, threatening to "rip off their legs and wrap 'em around their necks!" after Laurel makes a suggestion to the judge (Harry Dunkinson), "Aren't you going to hang him?" Later, in the car, Ollie repeats this question sarcastically, since he saw Long's reaction just after Stan said it; he then asks Stan, "Couldn't you see that he was annoyed?"

The clearly frightened boys make plans to move far away and advertise for someone to go with them and share the travel expenses. The person involved is actually Butch's girlfriend (Mae Busch). Butch soon manages to escape by leaping from a train, and makes his way to his girlfriend's apartment, where Stan and Ollie ring the bell. Butch hides in a large trunk, thinking it's the cops at the door; the trunk gets locked and Butch can't get out. The boys do their best to get him out, not realizing who the trapped person really is. After several inept attempts at freeing him, Butch notices (and recognizes) Ollie through a bored hole. His suggestion of using a blowtorch to melt the lock off backfires as Butch is set on fire. The boys hose Butch down and he frees himself from the trunk, taking his promised revenge on them as the cops arrive shortly afterwards. The film ends with Stan and Ollie sitting on the couch, both with their legs ripped off and wrapped around their necks. Then Ollie says his "another nice mess…" catchphrase to Stan, who whimpers "Well I couldn't help it...".


Production notesEdit

  • The film is a reworking of a very early Laurel and Hardy silent comedy, Do Detectives Think? and would itself be somewhat reworked eleven years later in their final American film, The Bullfighters.
  • The characters of Butch and his girlfriend are similar to their original film Any Old Port.


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