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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 »

Director:

Clyde Bruckman

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stanley
Oliver Hardy ... Manager
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Storyline

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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The comedy that you've read about, heard about, and waited for. (Print Ad- Eugene Register-Guard, ((Eugene, Ore.)) 30 January 1928)

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Runtime:

(restored) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Recently, the long-lost entire first reel of the film (including the boxing match business) was discovered. The pie fight sequence only survives in a somewhat condensed version, as prepared for inclusion in the Robert Youngson documentary The Golden Age of Comedy (1957). For years, only the condensed pie fight sequence survived. Blackhawk Films released this sequence at one time. There was one video restoration that used portions of the script, combined with still photographs, to give an idea of what the first reel was like. However, the complete first reel has been re-discovered and restored to new prints of the film. See more »

Goofs

Lou Costello leaps from second row to ringside between shots. See more »

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Spoofed in De Buik Vol (2010) See more »

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Sadly incomplete, a short that continues to tantalise.
3 May 2006 | by Prichards12345See all my reviews

Only about 50%+ remains of The Battle Of The Century, which is a huge tragedy as the footage we do have indicates this is one of the best silent shorts of the screens greatest comedy team. The opening boxing bout is extremely funny, with a sly take on the famous "long count". Cue much missing footage which gives form to the basic plot - Ollie, as Stan's manager, realises the only way to earn money from his Chumpion is to deliberately injure him and collect on the insurance! The legendary pie fight, which, on viewing, can be discerned as missing several shots at least - more likely a minute or two has gone - only makes me pine for the full version. If, oh wonderful miracle, a rediscovery occurs, you can almost certainly add three stars to the above rating.

They were great, weren't they?


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