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Utopia (1951)
"Atoll K" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  14 December 1954 (USA)
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Heading for a newly inherited island, the boys are shipwrecked and marooned on an atoll which has just emerged from the sea. Along with their cook, a stowaway and a girl who is fleeing her ... See full summary »

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Stan (as Laurel)
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Ollie (as Hardy)
Suzy Delair ...
Chérie Lamour
Max Elloy ...
Antoine
Suzet Maïs ...
Mrs. Dolan
Félix Oudart ...
Mayor
Adriano Rimoldi ...
Giovanni Copini
Robert Murzeau ...
Captain Dolan
Luigi Tosi ...
Lt. Jack Frazer
Michael Dalmatoff ...
Alecto (as Michel Dalmatoff)
André Randall ...
Branwell (as A. Randell)
Robert Vattier ...
Le notaire français (as R. Vattier)
Claude May ...
La secrétaire (as C. May)
Roger Legris ...
Fortune hunter (as R. Legris)
Olivier Hussenot ...
Fortune hunter (as O. Hussenot)
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Heading for a newly inherited island, the boys are shipwrecked and marooned on an atoll which has just emerged from the sea. Along with their cook, a stowaway and a girl who is fleeing her fiancé, they set up their own government on the atoll. Uranium is discovered and world powers begin fighting over ownership of the island. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's final movie together. See more »

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Ollie gets a sprayful from the yacht's sink. Yet in the next shot, he's completely dry. See more »

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Ollie: [to Stan, after all the diplomatic posts have been assigned] Why Stan... you're *the people*.
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Tu N'peus pas T 'figurer
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Quite good, and an appropriate sendoff
25 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not since Bette Davis's 1933 vehicle "Ex-Lady" have I seen a film that was so much better than its star said it was! Most of the bum rap "Atoll K," a.k.a. "Utopia," a.k.a. "Robinson Crusoeland," a.k.a. "Escapade" has got over the years has come from the horror stories Stan Laurel told of its production. Given that he suffered a stroke during filming, looked like death warmed over through much of it (from the opening two-shot of them together you'd never guess that Laurel survived Hardy by eight years) and was subsequently diagnosed with diabetes (once he adjusted his diet accordingly he restored himself to health), one can understand why Laurel didn't think this film was the most pleasant experience of his life. Yes, it's flawed: the cheapness of the production shows through, the dubbing is awful and Laurel and Hardy were too old to do the energetic slapstick of their greatest films. But it's still genuinely funny, and Léo Joannon's story introduces elements of political satire (sometimes libertarian, sometimes communalist) one would expect to see from more socially conscious comedians like Chaplin or the Marx Brothers but never from Laurel and Hardy. The film deserves credit for being different (though its debt to the Ealing Studios' classic "Passport to Pimlico," made just a year earlier, is pretty obvious) and for integrating the Laurel and Hardy comedy into a rather edgy context completely different from anything they'd used before. This isn't a great movie, but it's certainly better than the eight dreary ones for Fox and MGM they'd made in the early 1940's. I suspect only the film's technical crudity kept it from earning the cult following among anti-establishment baby-boomer youth the Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup" acquired in the late 1960's/early 1970's.


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