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Way Out West; Towed in a Hole review – an irresistible dedication to silliness

22 October 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Newly restored HD versions of two classic Laurel and Hardy comedies relive all their petty, pratfall-based glories – and a streak of surreal mischief

Showing as part of the extended celebration of the 125th anniversary of Stan Laurel’s birth, this Laurel and Hardy double bill arrives in cinemas in high-definition, following an extensive restoration. While the duo’s petty, pratfall-based humour might not be as inventive as that of their contemporaries – Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd – there’s a glorious streak of surreal mischief displayed here.

In Way Out West, which sees the duo charged with delivering the deeds of a gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector, Stan repeatedly baffles Ollie by using his own thumb as a cigar lighter. In Towed in a Hole, in which the pair star as a couple of itinerant fish salesmen, Ollie boots a bucket at Stan’s head, only to have »

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