Ollie can't find his hat, much to the amusement of his wife and maid. Then Ollie and Stan attempt to install a rooftop radio antenna.

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Mrs. Hardy insists that Oliver mount the radio aerial on the roof before he goes off gallivanting with his friend Stanley. But with Stanley's assistance, Oliver spends more time falling off the roof than atop it. Making one last attempt, Oliver climbs to the top of a ladder he's mounted on his Model T Ford, but just then Stanley accidentally starts the car. A wild ride through the streets of Culver City culminates in an unscheduled streetcar stop. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Amnesia! Mr. Hardy was beginning to forget things but Mr. Laurel had no fear of losing his memory-As a matter of fact, Mr. Laurel never had a memory to lose.

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31 May 1930 (USA)  »

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When Stan and Ollie are sitting in the lily pond after the chimney has fallen on them, you can see one of the fake bricks floating in the water. See more »

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Ollie: [rings bell] Yoo-hoo. TILLIE! Have you seen my hat?
Tillie - the Hardy's Maid: Why... why...
Ollie: Don't stand there stuttering. Have you seen my hat?
Mrs. Hardy: Of course she's seen your hat.
[to Tillie]
Mrs. Hardy: You may go.
[Tillie laughs at Ollie, because he's so upset about not being able to find something that's sitting right on his head, and leaves]
Ollie: There you are. How do you expect me to uphold the dignity in my home when you belittle me in front of the servants?
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Amiable-fare while lacking in a key area for Laurel and Hardy
9 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hog Wild concerns Hardy, who wants nothing more than to go out on the town with Laurel until his wife insists that he install a radio antenna atop their roof. Hardy still winds up inviting Laurel over to help him with such a project, which will of course go awry in a multitude of different ways. For starters, the roof begins to fall apart due to the carelessness of the men, and eventually results in an epic (for the time), collision, sending the boys into a complete tailspin of idiocy.

Hog Wild is standard slapstick Laurel and Hardy fare, but it provides for a certain kind of "one thing leads to another" setup that keeps it going longer than if it was just an assortment of gags (which it still is at times). The verbal banter between the two men is downplayed, and the only real kind of situational gag imposed is at the very beginning of the film, where Hardy is searching for his hat that he is scolding his wife (Fay Holderness) for misplacing when it is already on his head. Certain gags like this feel like cop-outs and deliberate distractions from the fact that the film has nothing going on under its head (sort of like Laurel and Hardy themselves).

The short turns a bit more captivating towards the end, when all hell really starts breaking loose. Laurel and Hardy shorts have a traditional potboiler effect to their drama, where events escalate faster than the audience can keep up in the best way possible. Hog Wild has that effect in a low-key sense, making it at least marginally interesting even if the action and the wit isn't as substantial as it could be. This is a fine, effective short all around, despite lacking in the area that Laurel and Hardy are best in, which is verbal banter and quirky exchanges.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Fay Holderness.


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