One Good Turn script
One Good Turn (1931)
Synopsis: 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.

RUTH:

(upset)

Well, if they don't want Eddie Farrell,

they can't have me.

She retreats to her dressing table and sits, fixing her hair and

powdering her nose. The agents follow and stand on either side of

her.

SAUL:

Never mind the display of temperature!

But, listen, it's for your own good!

JIM:

Ruth, it ain't us, it's the office. They

don't want him.

RUTH:

You don't understand. I couldn't break

with Eddie.

JIM:

Oh, I got it. Love certainly makes the

world go 'round.

RUTH:

Oh, I know Eddie's no wonder but he's

young and he'll develop.

JIM:

Sure, he'll develop lockjaw the way he

tries to sing.

The agents walk off in disgust. Ruth rises and confronts Saul

while Jim takes a seat.

RUTH:

Please, Saul, listen. I can talk to you

as a friend. Let us lay off a couple of

months. I'm working with Eddie. I'll give

him poise and polish and I'll show him

how to wear clothes.

SAUL:

Say, what's going on here?

RUTH:

Aw, he has the makings. I'll teach him

how to sell a song and all you have to do

is to book us into the Strand and have

the office catch the act.

JIM:

Yeah, I know. And in Newark, you'll want

us to look at you in Trenton.

SAUL:

Yeah, and in Trenton, you'll want us to go

to Poughkeepsie. And in my condition --!

RUTH:

Say, Saul, with your drag up in that

office, you won't have any trouble stalling

them off a few months. Tell 'em -- aw, tell

'em my health's bad. Tell them anything.

(voice breaking)

I don't care anything about the money. I

want Eddie to come through and I know he can

do it.

SAUL:

A few months?!

RUTH:

A few months. What's the difference?

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H. M. Walker

Harley M. "Beanie" Walker (June 27, 1878 – June 23, 1937) was a member of the Hal Roach movie production company from 1916 until his resignation in 1932. The title cards he wrote for Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase, Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy comedies "have entered legend, both for silent films, and as opening remarks for the earlier talkies." He was also an officer of the Roach Studio corporation. more…

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