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Laurel & Hardy, in pre-historic times, vie for the hand of the same Stone Age beauty.

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Little Twinkle Star
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Mighty Giant
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Saxophonus
Edna Marion ...
Cavewoman
Dorothy Coburn ...
Gorgeous Wrestler
Viola Richard ...
Blushing Rose
Fay Lanphier ...
Blonde Cavewoman
Budd Fine ...
Hulking Caveman
Tiny Sandford ...
Hulking Caveman
Leo Willis ...
Fisherman
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It's the Stone Age, and the king has declared that all eligible males must marry within 24 hours. The wizard Saxophonus has a terrible toothache and an unmarried daughter, Blushing Rose. Meanwhile, an enormous stranger comes into the area looking for a wife, but is rebuffed at his first few attempts. Little Twinkle Star is also looking for romance, and he takes an interest in Blushing Rose. Written by Snow Leopard

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Not bad compared to other silent comedy shorts, but not up to the standards of later Laurel and Hardy films
13 November 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a bizarre little film in pretty much every way I can think of off the top of my head. Although it technically is a Laurel and Hardy film, it was made early after they became a comedy pair and it was obvious from this film they still hadn't gotten the formula exactly right. Instead of the usual situation in which Stan and Ollie are friends, they are actually rivals in this peculiar film.

The film begins in the Stone Age. The king has made a rule that all men or they will be "banished and banned--or both". So all the bachelors are out trying to get married. And, in caveman fashion, this means meeting a nice lady and bashing her over the head with their giant clubs. The special effects and sets are pretty minimalistic, as the cast and crew went into the California hills and wore animal skin clothes. The only "prop" other than that was a fake Triceratops. While the film is almost entirely action-oriented (partly because it was a silent film), the film had very peculiar subtitles that had the actors speaking in old English?!

Overall, this is a very odd little curio and is not an especially good representation of the team's work. This isn't because the film is silent, as they made some excellent silent shorts, such as BIG BUSINESS or SHOULD MARRIED MEN GO HOME?--it's more because the film is just weird and one long and not especially hilarious joke. Plus, the movie appears, in spots, to be pretty much filmed without a script and the actors just mug for the camera. For devout fans of the team, this is a must, but for all others, it's pretty skip-able and you should seek out some of their better shorts first.


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