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Do Detectives Think? (1927)

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An escaped convict is out to kill the judge who sentenced him. Two inept detectives are hired to guard the judge.



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Cast overview:
Ferdinand Finkleberry
Sherlock Pinkham
James Finlayson ...
Judge Foozle
Viola Richard ...
Mrs. Foozle
Noah Young ...
The Tipton Slasher
Frank Brownlee ...
Detective agency boss


An escaped convict is out to kill the judge who sentenced him. Two inept detectives are hired to guard the judge. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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Comedy | Short


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20 November 1927 (USA)  »

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This was the first film in which Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy wore what were to become their trademark derbies. See more »


Remade as Going Bye-Bye! (1934) See more »

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L&H's most experimental
25 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps Laurel and Hardy's most visual experimental work. I know, the story is uninteresting, the gags are basic, the mood is dated, and the duo's personalities are far from fully development. Still "Do Detectives Think?" is worth remembering for its nocturnal, expressionistic scenes around the graveyard, where a goat's shadow suggest a scary demon; also for its moving camera, a rare James Finnlayson's close-up underwater, a keyhole's point of view, mirror reflections and some other few technical devices not very frequent at the time that provides this little film an unusual freshness and a sense of unlimited creative freedom.

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