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Way Out West (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Western | 16 April 1937 (USA)
Stan and Ollie are charged with delivering the deed to a valuable gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector. However they reckon without the machinations of her evil guardian Mickey ... See full summary »

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Stan and Ollie are charged with delivering the deed to a valuable gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector. However they reckon without the machinations of her evil guardian Mickey Finn who is determined to have the gold mine for himself and his saloon singer wife Lola. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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16 April 1937 (USA)  »

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Allá en el lejano oeste  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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When The Avalon Boys are singing "At The Ball, That's All", there is only one verse to the song that is sung 5-6 times. The first two times it's sung, The Avalon Boys' lips are moving, but for the rest, they sit while the song continues, obviously not singing, as their lips are no longer moving. They just watch Stan and Ollie dance. See more »

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[Finn pushes the $1 key on the cash register and .10 shows up, he opens the cash register case to examine it, and .10 appears when he presses the $1 key again]
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Mickey Finn: Hey, this thing ain't workin' right.
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[Finn does a double take]
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Will You Be My Lovey-Dovey?
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Music by Marvin Hatley
Lyrics by Portia Lanning
Performed by Sharon Lynn and Chorus
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A masterpiece, one of L&H's best
11 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

WAY OUT WEST

Aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Sound format: Mono

(Black and white)

Stan and Ollie are robbed of the deed to a valuable gold mine by a couple of fortune hunters (James Finlayson and Sharon Lynn).

One of Laurel and Hardy's most fondly remembered productions, WAY OUT WEST features career-best material, including a chase around the villain's apartment ("Ah-hah!" "Oh-hoh!" "Ee-hee!"), three wonderful musical interludes, and one of cinema's most priceless set-pieces: Stan and Ollie's soft-shoe shuffle outside a saloon as the Avalon Boys sing 'At the Ball'! Director James Horne was also responsible for many of L&H's short films, and his no-frills style is eminently suited to proceedings: Every routine is reduced to its basic components, all the better to 'sell' the gags, both visual and spoken. The film opened in 1937 to a number of lukewarm reviews, but has since secured its place within movie history. A bona fide masterpiece.

NB. The Avalon Boys included prolific character actor Chill Wills among their number (he also provides Stan's 'deep voice' during 'Trail of the Lonesome Pine'), and some of the incidental music was written by Irving Berlin! Neither of these gentlemen are credited on the print itself.


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