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The Sleuth (1925)

Stan is a detective who essentially relies on different costumes to successfully complete his investigations.

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Stan is a detective who essentially relies on different costumes to successfully complete his investigations.

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pipe | joe rock | drag | detective | See All (4) »

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Comedy | Short

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30 June 1925 (USA)  »

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Typical Early Laurel Material
24 August 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

An early short Stan Laurel made for Joe Rock a few years before he hooked up with Oliver Hardy, this half-baked comedy is fairly typical of the sort of material Laurel was producing back then. This one's a parody of Sherlock Holmes with Stan playing Webster Dingle, a hapless private eye complete with an over-sized pipe and equally over-sized checks on his jacket. He dresses up as a maid in this one to entrap a philandering husband. Amongst the dross there is one genuinely funny moment – when the visitor he has been trying to impress by holding an imaginary conversation on the phone turns out to be the phone engineer come to connect him – and one mildly amusing sequence when he follows his own footsteps in the house of his target. The quality of the print that I saw was bad enough to hurt the eyes.


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