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Sons of the Desert chorus:
[the members sing "Auld Lang Syne"]
And here's a hand, my trusty friend, and gie's a hand o' thine, / We'll take a cup of kindness now, for Auld Lang Syne.
Exalted Exhausted Ruler:
[the song concludes, and the Exalted Ruler calls the meeting to order as he hits the podium with a gavel]
Brothers, Sons of the Desert, we are all familiar with the business of this special meeting. This Oasis must meet the situation with determination.
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"If I have to go to the convention on my own, HE'S coming with me!"
This is absolutely top-notch Laurel and Hardy, completely encapsulating the essence of their priceless comic personas in just over an hour of brilliant, innocent comedy. You know you're in for a treat right from the opening sequence, where Stan and Ollie arrive at the fraternity meeting slightly late and completely disrupt the proceedings in their stumbling, bumbling efforts to get to their seats! I challenge anyone not to laugh at that! And you'll be amazed at the amount of comedy Stan can wring out of the simple act of walking through a door. They just don't breed comedians like these geniuses any more. Fans of early-nineties 'laddish' knockabout humour like 'Bottom' and 'Men Behaving Badly' should check this out, just to see that Laurel and Hardy not only did it first, but they did it so much better and with a far greater degree of that most precious of comedic commodities - subtlety.
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