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Call of the Cuckoo (1927)

Mishaps befall a new home owner located next door to an insane asylum.

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Max Davidson ...
Papa Gimplewart
Spec O'Donnell ...
Love's Greatest Mistake
Lillian Elliott ...
Mama Gimplewart
Leo Willis ...
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Max wants to sell his home, because of the crazy neighbours. Somebody else wants to get rid of his house, too, so they swap. But that house turns out to be a chaos of installation. The lights are not connected with the right switches, gas and water are mixed up, and the floor has a list, too. During the house-warming party, it comes to a battle between two relatives, who have little respect for others property, but that's not the worst blow for Max that evening... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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15 October 1927 (USA)  »

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Das Haus der tausend Freuden  »

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This film was made just days after Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had finished filming The Second 100 Years (1927), in which they play shaven-headed convicts. Thus, the reason for the boys' buzz-cut hairdos in this film. See more »

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When Charlie Chase steps up to the microphone Ollie is seen to put his top hat on twice from two different angles. See more »

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Two L&H shorts
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Call of the Cuckoo (1927)

** (out of 4)

A man (Max Davidson) swaps houses, sight unseen, due to his wacko neighbors. When he moves into the new house it turns out the thing is falling apart in every way possible. The only real highlight is the few scenes with the neighbors who are played by Laurel, Hardy and Charley Chase.

Second Hundred Years, The (1927)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Laurel and Hardy play convicts who make an escape but they find themselves in a more dangerous place than prison. There's small laughs scattered throughout this short but in the end the only real highlight is seeing boys with shaved heads.


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