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The Battle of the Century (1927)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 31 December 1927 (USA)
Fight manager (Hardy) takes out an insurance policy on his puny pugilist (Laurel) and then proceeds to try to arrange for an accident so that he can collect. When a pie delivery man (Hall) ... See full summary »

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Clyde Bruckman

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H.M. Walker (titles)
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Stan Laurel ... Prize fighter
Oliver Hardy ... Manager
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Fight manager (Hardy) takes out an insurance policy on his puny pugilist (Laurel) and then proceeds to try to arrange for an accident so that he can collect. When a pie delivery man (Hall) slips on a banana peel, meant for the fighter, a classic pie throwing scene results. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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pie fight | two reeler | See All (2) »

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alles in Schlagsahne See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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(restored) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An entire day's production from the Los Angeles Pie Company - some 3,000 pies - was used in the famous pie fight. See more »

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In the final scene, a woman slips and does a pratfall onto a pie on the sidewalk, but when she gets up to leave, the sidewalk is free of pie debris. See more »

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Edited into The Golden Age of Comedy (1957) See more »

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Pretty much impossible to rate in its current form
31 August 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the lost films of Laurel and Hardy--or at least partially lost. Today only about half of the film remains--all of the boxing sequence (which is pretty good) and bits and pieces of the giant pie fight. The rest, sadly, appears gone forever, though fans of the team hold out hope--after all, newly discovered bits and pieces have been found of many great supposedly missing or truncated films (such as the great recent find of a longer version of METROPOLIS). Because this film isn't totally intact, it's not fair that anyone should have to give it a numerical score, but IMDb forces this for all reviews. My score of 6 is because I really didn't think much of the pie fight and there just isn't enough of the original film left to get a better score.

By the way, according to IMDb, Lou Costello is an extra at ring side. I looked but couldn't really tell he was there. Perhaps he was the guy who caught Hardy at the end of the fight. The problem is that Costello would have been a lot thinner and younger--as he had himself been an amateur boxer about this same time period.

As far as pie fights go, this is probably the best and was the inspiration for the one in THE GREAT RACE many years later. Despite people thinking this is a slapstick cliché, there were actually very few pie fights ever shown on film and the few that did occur were rarely as big or crazy as this one--usually just a pie or two (like you'd see in a couple of The Three Stooges' films).

Also, and this is an odd one, during the fight scene, you see a pretty lady walking by "The Pink Pup". This is the same place you see featured in THAT'S MY WIFE and THEIR PURPLE MOMENT--two other silent Laurel and Hardy shorts.

If you do want to see this ten minute film, it's included in the huge UK DVD Laurel and Hardy collection.


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