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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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Coping with life's greatest challenges
20 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy's silent short Two Tars could essentially be branded as "the quintessential silent comedy," boasting a great deal of physical comedy, broad, situational comedy, early examples of breakneck slapstick, and two engaging and energetic leading men at its core. The short concerns Laurel and Hardy as your average sailors, who meet two dashing dames in the middle of town, who are having trouble operating a gumball machine (or, what they refer to as, a "doodad") since it ate their penny. Trying to assist the girls becomes a comedic affair in itself, as Hardy mistakenly breaks the doodad, with gumballs flying everywhere. Possibly one of the most famous scenes in the career of Laurel and Hardy involves Laurel slipping and sliding on a mess of gumballs that now lie on the town's sidewalk.

After ditching the mess just in time, the quartet find themselves stuck in the middle of a monstrous traffic jam, one so big, it almost, almost compares to the one we would witness in Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend a few decades down the line. As always in traffic jams, tensions flair and motorists become restless, leading to unsurprisingly fun and unpredictable results. Another element of Two Tars that I neglected to mention, with it adhering to the building blocks of silent filmmaking, is that it makes complete use of its elements of unpredictability, always deceiving you in which direction you think the short would presumably go. It also helps we have such energized leads like Laurel and Hardy to make the affair that much more fun and engaging.

Two Tars can ultimately be summed up as the classic silent comedy from the 1920's, and a fine depiction of two of life's greatest challenges and patience-testers, which are pleasing women and coping in traffic jams.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Hill, and Ruby Blaine. Directed by: James Parrott.


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