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You're Darn Tootin' (1928)

Members of a municipal band, Stanley and Oliver seem to be always following someone else's lead, rather than that of the temperamental conductor. Soon they're out of a job, as well as their... See full summary »

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Stanley, clarinet player
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Manhole worker
Christian J. Frank ...
Policeman
Dick Gilbert ...
Boarder
Charlie Hall ...
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Musician
Ham Kinsey ...
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Members of a municipal band, Stanley and Oliver seem to be always following someone else's lead, rather than that of the temperamental conductor. Soon they're out of a job, as well as their lodgings when the landlady finds out they've been fired. The boys try their luck at being street musicians, but the tiffs they get into with each other soon spread to passersby in general, until the street is filled with men pulling each other's pants off. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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21 April 1928 (USA)  »

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Hal Roach Studios production number S-9. See more »

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On the first street corner the same woman extra walks by twice from the same place. See more »

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They can't live with or without each other
26 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You're Darn Tootin' has Laurel and Hardy as members of a municipal band, known for causing the conductor ample amounts of grief with their incompetence and clueless way of going about things. After their antics cause them to be kicked out of the band, they come home to realize their landlady has evicted them because of their lack of employment. The men try their luck at being street musicians, scraping by by the courtesy dimes and nickles people throw into the cups adjacent to them, but to little avail, as the two consistently argue and even engage in arguments with innocent passersby.

Noted Laurel and Hardy scholar Randy Skretvedt notes You're Darn Tootin' not so much as a comedy but as a painfully honest display of friendship and helplessness. Even when Laurel and Hardy are without a job, a home, and knowledge of where there next meal will come from, they cling to each other, and even if they fight and bicker with one another, one pretty quickly realizes these two couldn't live without one another by their side. It's an paradoxical friendship that has stood the test of time and cinema, but Laurel and Hardy deserved to be bound together for eternity, through all the needless slap-fighting and goofball situations.

You're Darn Tootin' is less a comedy short and more a nimble exploration at the kind of paradoxical friendship these two characters embody. While, of course, being humorous and delightfully unpredictable, Laurel and Hardy's relationship has pals is explored in a richer sense and, with that, we get a short that embodies really what it's like to have that one friend that you can't live with but can't live without.

Starring: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Directed by: Edgar Kennedy.


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