The premise is simple.
Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel play a pair of bumbling furniture movers who are tasked with delivering a player-piano to a wealthy man’s house, which, they believe, is only accessible by climbing a very long stairway.
(The piano was a surprise birthday present for the homeowner, Professor Theodore von Schwartzenhoffen, M.D., A.D., D.D.S., F.L.D., F-F-F-and-F.)
PIANO AND CHIMNEY FELL WITH A CRASH
The hoisting paraphernalia was attached to the chimney. The hoisting was successful until the piano was raised within a foot of the window, the chimney was unable to endure the strain any longer and gave way.
The piano struck earth first. The chimney came after. The bricks went in nearly every direction, and after leaving the inclined roof struck porches and sides of neighboring houses and finally landed on the sidewalk.
The crash was of short duration, but a big fire would not have caused Seymour street to go more amiss than it did yesterday afternoon. There were 200 people from Gifford, Shonnard, Oswego and Seymour streets on the scene in an exceptionally short time.
The piano movers took the broken instrument to the store, and in a short time had returned with another. This time the pulley ropes were wound around the entire house and the piano was raised successfully, with a crowd of witnesses present.