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Duck Soup (1927)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  13 March 1927 (USA)
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Pursued by forest rangers who want to press them into fire-fighting duty, Stanley and Oliver hide in the home of a big-game hunter who has just left town. When they find out that the ... See full summary »

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Pursued by forest rangers who want to press them into fire-fighting duty, Stanley and Oliver hide in the home of a big-game hunter who has just left town. When they find out that the servants will be away for the weekend, they decide to stay for a while. The house is being offered for rental, and when prospective tenants come, Oliver pretends to be the owner and Stanley pretends to be a servant. Written by Snow Leopard

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Stan Laurel originally cast a Roach company stock player named Syd Crossley to play Oliver Hardy's part. For unknown reasons, Crossley failed to make the transition from script to screen. See more »

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Remade as Another Fine Mess (1930) See more »

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Early version of a Laurel and Hardy classic
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DUCK SOUP

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Sound format: Silent

(Black and white - Short film)

A couple of vagrants (Laurel and Hardy) take refuge inside a fancy mansion whose owner has left for the weekend, but they're forced to play master and maid when prospective tenants William Austin and Madeline Hurlock) arrive on the doorstep.

Based on a stage-skit written by Stan Laurel's father, this fast-paced farce opens with L&H fleeing from Californian forest rangers who are rounding up various lowlifes to help tackle a series of dangerous bush fires. The premise is sound (and was expanded into the L&H classic ANOTHER FINE MESS, produced only three years later), but the pratfalls and slapstick are only mildly amusing, and Fred Guiol's routine direction lacks much of the inspiration that would ignite Stan 'n' Ollie's sound-era productions.


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