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- Notes by Mark Redfield, Sons of the Desert
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 22, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Hardy entered movies in 1913, Laurel in 1917. Stan often played sharp-witted types, and Ollie "heavies" or villains (often with comics Billy West or Larry Semon). By the mid-1920's, both were employed at the Roach Studios, still playing different roles, with Laurel also gag-writing and even directing Charley Chase, James Finlayson, Our Gang - and Oliver Hardy!
Producer Hal Roach played "comic roulette," teaming his stars in the hopes of hitting box office gold. The Boys make their first appearance together in Lucky Dog, but it will be another ten years before they truly become a team. This collection showcases the comic genius of two great performers on the road to fame - Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy.
Mud And Sand (1923) with Stan Laurel: Stan is Rhubarb Vaseline in this parody of Rudolph Valentino's hit Blood and Sand. In old Madrid, it's all a lot of bull as Vaseline triumphs in the bullring and wins the hand of his beloved - the delicious Caramel.
Oranges And Lemons (1923) with Stan Laurel, Katherine Grand: This comedy's no lemon, as fruit packer Stan makes his quota in sunny California and still has time to pack a lot of love in for his girl, Katherine Grand. Laurel's skill in physical comedy shines in this gem.
West Of Hot Dog (1924) with Stan Laurel: After a stage holdup on the way to the town of Hot Dog, tenderfoot Stan must prove himself brave to win his sweetheart. The most "Keaton-esque" of Stan's solo comedies.
Bromo And Juliet (1926) with Charley Chase, Oliver Hardy: Charley puts on a play as a fundraiser, but must keep an eye on his inebriated dad. Ollie is a cab driver trying to collect his fare from Charley, and together they turn the Bard's tragedy into comedy!
Crazy Like A Fox (1926) with Charley Chase, Oliver Hardy: To avoid an arranged marriage, Charley pretends to be insane. Hardy (with white hair!) is a passer-by who gets the first dose of his lunacy!
- 1.Mud & Sand
- 2.Oranges & Lemons
- 3.West of Hot Dog
- 4.Bromo & Juliet
- 5.Crazy Like A Fox
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 6 ratings.
This is the best of the series of Laurel & Hardy: Early Silent Classics (I prefer to think of these films as Laurel OR Hardy). Stan Laurel's ability at physical comedy rivals the early work of Buster Keaton. The timing, motion, and coordination with fellow actors in "Oranges and Lemons" is very impressive. In addition, there is a scene in "West of Hot Dog" where Stan is thrown from a window and lands on the street, intact; you can tell it's a dummy thrown out the window, but unless you freeze the action and go frame by frame, you can't tell where they blended the falling dummy with Stan.
There are two Charley Chase movies here with Ollie as co-star. Charley is entertaining, and bears a stiking resemblance to John Cleese of Monty Python fame.
And if that's not enough to convince you to buy this DVD, here's the best part: this DVD is 100% Larry Semon free.
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- UPC: 089218468291
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