Stanley and Oliver protest that they were only bystanders to the raid, but are hauled off to a prison labor camp anyway. They procede with their usual mayhem, Stanley getting his pick stuck... See full summary »

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Stanley and Oliver protest that they were only bystanders to the raid, but are hauled off to a prison labor camp anyway. They procede with their usual mayhem, Stanley getting his pick stuck in Oliver's coat, Oliver chopping down a tree which just happens to contain the guard lookout post. When the Governor's party happens by, Oliver accidentally pokes a hole in his car's radiator, then attempts to stop the leak by filling the radiator with rice. The result is melee with all involved throwing clumps of soggy rice at each other. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Neither Mr. Laurel nor Mr. Hardy had any thoughts of doing wrong. As a matter of fact, they had no thoughts of any kind.

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Oliver Hardy was injured during the filming of the scene in which Stan Laurel keeps nicking him with a pickaxe. A rubber pickaxe was originally to have been used for the scene, but it was decided that it looked too fake, in action, so a real one was substituted. Hardy moved a little too close to Laurel during the latter's backswing and received a very real cut from the pickaxe on his rear. See more »

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At the end of the film the car backs into the truck, just before the impact two barrels of whitewash tip over. See more »

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I`ve Seen Better
5 August 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

As some people have already pointed out on this page THE HOOSE GOW isn`t by any means the best of the L&H shorts , and when I saw it last week BBC 2 made the error of showing it after THE LAUREL AND HARDY MURDER CASE which is my all time Stan and Ollie short

Not to be too negative the action starts with a van arriving at a prison and thus we arrive at the start of the story . This is a better opening than a few other of these shorts where Stan and Ollie bumble around for a few minutes in a scene that has nothing to do with the rest of the story . I could be cruel and point out the character interaction is somewhat confusing since a fellow prisoner tries to get Stan and Ollie out of the clink then plays a practical joke on them with the warders table , but like I said that would be cruel and when you stop to think about it maybe the worst thing that could happen to someone in the American penal system in the 1920s is having Stan and Ollie as cellmates . Imagine Chris Keller and Vern Shillinger from OZ walked into this Laurel and Hardy story !


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