Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car... See full summary »
Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car itself keeps acting up, requiring repeated exits and reboardings by the boys, their wives and grouchy, gout-ridden Uncle Edgar. A brick-throwing tiff with a neighbor threatens to escalate into general mayhem until the local parson strolls by. They finally manage to get underway, steering toward an innocent-looking mud puddle in the street. Written by
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The version presently available is a late 1930's re-release with background music from the Block-Heads period added throughout. It's also been visually converted from its original taller, narrower 1.20:1 early sound ratio to the 1.33:1 standard ratio, so that tops of heads get chopped off in several sequences. See more »
Though Stan and Ollie never do manage to fix the flat tire, it's in good condition by the end of the film. See more »
One of the funniest sound effects you'll ever hear occurs in this priceless early 'talkie' from Laurel and Hardy. Pin your ears back when Stan literally "throws out the clutch" from that passenger-hating car, and Ollie responds by clobbering him with it. That, and the constant abuse dished out to grumpy Uncle Edgar's gouty foot, the childish sandwich-throwing, the irritating little dog and the brick-throwing neighbour crack me up every time. And it's still quite amazing to hear Edgar Kennedy suddenly muttering "Oh, s**t!" just before the arrival of the parson - how did nobody (least of all the censors) notice this back in the 'twenties?
Vintage Laurel and Hardy slapstick. It doesn't get much better than this.
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