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Duck Soup (1927)

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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Home from the Honeymoon  »

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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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Generallly Amusing, Besides Being Historically Significant
23 August 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

While it's not one of the funniest Laurel & Hardy comedies, "Duck Soup" is still worth seeing. It is at least fairly amusing, and at times quite funny, besides its greater historical significance. The story and some of the gags both allow you to see the beginnings of the "Stan and Ollie" personas that the comic duo would later refine and perfect.

In this short, the humor mostly comes from the ways that they work together, and from the silly predicaments in which the boys find themselves, rather than from any of the specific gags. Most of the gags do work all right, but they are not as imaginative or as creative as the kinds of routines that Laurel and Hardy did in later features. The basic situation is funny, and it creates some good possibilities, some of which are used well. After they had a little more experience with each other, they learned how to take this kind of setup and make it even funnier.

Overall, this movie is probably going to be of interest mostly to those who are already Laurel & Hardy fans, who will certainly find this an interesting look at their early days together. In itself it has some good moments of comedy as well.


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