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I love Laurel and Hardy--but this REALLY isn't them
I think this movie has a score as high as it does mostly because of sentiment. There are a lot of people out there that LOVE Luarel and Hardy movies, and so they score this one so highly because it was their first on-screen appearances together. However, they did not act like a comedy team in the least. It was a Stan Laurel feature and Ollie appeared in it as a bad guy--first when he tried to mug Stan and later when he was caught trying to film-flam money out of a rich family. While this isn't a terrible film, compared to other short slapstick movies of the day it is nearly average--but doesn't come close to comparing to the work of Chalpin, Keaton or other masters of silent comedies. No, this was just a first,...and a mediocre first at that. I think the only reason it even merited a 4 was that I really liked the dog!
The version I saw was from Image Entertainment and claims to be more complete than any other version. I do know that years ago when I read a filmography about the team, it said that only fragments of the movie existed. This film seemed complete at 24 minutes.
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