This film was released in Argentina in 1930 after some talkies by Laurel and Hardy (either in Spanish or English) were shown. The original MGM titles were replaced with Spanish language equivalents and the title was translated to "Amor de Angora". See more »
opening title card:
The dramatic story of a goat - a strong dramatic story.
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Stan & Ollie (& Penelope the goat) bid farewell to the silent era
Although the title suggests a documentary on the twisted obsessions of Ed Wood Jr., Angora Love is in fact a Laurel & Hardy two-reeler, a diverting short which offers the heart-warming tale of two guys and a goat who refuses to leave them alone. Much of the humor revolves around the boys' efforts to hide the goat, Penelope by name, from their grouchy goat-hating landlord, Edgar Kennedy, who gives one of his definitive grouch performances here. Apparently the premise held some special significance for Stan & Ollie, for they reworked it twice more with sound, first in Laughing Gravy (1931), in which several of the gags from this film are re-enacted, and then in The Chimp (1932), which only borrows the basic premise.
Angora Love, which was made in the spring of 1929 but not released until December of that year, was the last silent film made by Laurel & Hardy. It was originally accompanied by a music-and-effects track, but, contrary to an earlier post, there was never dialog on the soundtrack.
One of the best sequences occurs at the beginning, when the guys and the goat "meet cute." Penelope, having been fed a dough-nut by Stan, fixates on him and refuses to go away. Obviously, he wants more. The boys' attempt to give him the slip is funny and also rather poignant, at least from the goat's point of view. Cinematographer George Stevens helpfully offers us chase footage filmed from the goat's subjective P.O.V., or, as we might call it today, GoatCam. Once the trio is holed up in the boys' apartment the atmosphere gets a little claustrophobic, but the gags keep on coming. There's some silliness involving Stan's aerobics work-out, and a painful routine in which Ollie repeatedly steps on a tack. There's also an elaborately messy attempt to wash Penelope, and a routine involving foot-rubbing which, despite the guys' innocent personalities, might strike some viewers as homo-erotic, or in any event rather weird. There's also a quick throwaway gag involving a sailor and a prostitute that never would have gotten past the censors a few years later; it's understated but unmistakable, and not typical of Laurel & Hardy, but amusing in a raffish way.
It might have been fun if Stan & Ollie had concluded their silent movie career on a more spectacular note, perhaps with one of those lively trouser-ripping riots that seemed to erupt so frequently in Culver City in those days. Still, although Angora Love is not one of the best L&H comedies, it's certainly amusing enough in its own right and well worth a look.
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