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Two Tars (1928)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  3 November 1928 (USA)
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Stanley and Oliver, two sailors on shore leave, rent a car and go on a drive with their dates, but soon get involved in a huge traffic jam with dozens of ill-tempered motorists. A minor ... See full summary »

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Edgar Kennedy ...
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Thelma Hill ...
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Ruby Blaine ...
Blonde girl
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Harry Bernard ...
Truck driver
Chet Brandenburg ...
Motorist
Baldwin Cooke ...
Motorist
Edgar Dearing ...
Motorcycle policeman
Frank Ellis ...
Motorist
Helen Gilmore ...
Motorist
Clara Guiol ...
Motorist
Charlie Hall ...
Shopkeeper
Jack Hill ...
Motorist with mattress
Fred Holmes ...
Motorist
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Stanley and Oliver, two sailors on shore leave, rent a car and go on a drive with their dates, but soon get involved in a huge traffic jam with dozens of ill-tempered motorists. A minor collision sets off an escalating series of tit-for-tat retaliations which eventually has most of the cars in pieces. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Thomas Benton Roberts created several break away cars for this film, including one that fell apart when a certain wire was pulled. See more »

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My favorite Laurel & Hardy short...
14 March 2003 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

When I was young my stepfather borrowed - for quite some time - this old movie-projector and some old short-reels that we used to watch on a white wall in his radio-shack (later I learned he borrowed it, not to entertain the kids but to watch old pornographic movies, but that's another story).

My favorite memory from this was "Two Tars", a 21-minute short with Laurel and Hardy, and ever since it has been my all-time-favorite comedy short. I will not dwell on the reason for this, only tell those who haven't seen it that it contains what has to be the wackiest traffic-jam in the history of movies! Every time I come across it on TV it just cracks me up how a small quarrel ends with the motorists literally TEARING their cars apart! It has to be one of most brilliant examples of crazy-comedy put together, masterfully staged by it's director James Parrott.

Not surprisingly, Leo McCarey who originated the story for "Two Tars", five years later directed the mother of all crazy-comedies: the Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup".

A must see!


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