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Duck Soup (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 13 March 1927 (USA)
To flee from a tireless Forest Ranger, the shabby vagrants, Stan and Ollie, find refuge at a colonel's mansion that is vacant for the weekend. Soon, a couple of newly-weds arrive in hopes of renting the manor. Where is the rightful owner?

Director:

Fred Guiol

Writers:

Arthur J. Jefferson (play), H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan Laurel aka Agnes
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Hardy aka Colonel Buckshot
Madeline Hurlock ... Lady Tarbotham
William Austin ... Lord Tarbotham
Bob Kortman ... Forest Ranger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stuart Holmes
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Storyline

Pursued by forest rangers who want to press them into fire-fighting duty, Stanley and Oliver hide in the home of a big-game hunter who has just left town. When they find out that the servants will be away for the weekend, they decide to stay for a while. The house is being offered for rental, and when prospective tenants come, Oliver pretends to be the owner and Stanley pretends to be a servant. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short

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Trivia

Lost for some 50 years after it's cinema screenings until a copy turned up in a Belgian archive in 1974. See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1995 when the film was granted a 'U' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

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Nearly-unseen hilarity
24 July 2014 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy's 1927 short film Duck Soup was originally thought to be lost by film scholars, critics, and the industry. The only pieces of the short that were rumored or assumed to exist were stills or very short clips, but miraculously, the film was found in a Belgium archive in 1974. However, not before the short was remade into Another Free Ride in 1930 and ideas salvaged for Pack Up Your Troubles in 1931, both Laurel and Hardy shorts.

Watching Duck Soup is nothing shy of a privilege, as it was almost never meant to be. Yet, like with all lost films, I quietly hope most of the famous lost films will not be lost forever and that we will eventually get to see the famous works as they were originally intended.

Duck Soup concerns Laurel and Hardy as two impoverished men, who are about to be recruited by forest rangers as volunteer firefighters. In a sublime chase, in true silent movie fashion, the two manage to escape them on a bike and take refuge in a mansion, while the owner and his servants have go away on business. Hardy impersonates the owner and offers to rent the home to an older English couple, with Laurel posing as the mansion's maid. This can only go on for so long, as they are the targets of two very temperamental groups of people.

Aside from the hilarious chase scene, Duck Soup wins one over mainly because of its simplicity and the fact that it begins and conducts itself by following the building blocks of comedy, which usually starts from the lead character(s) doing something they don't want to do. In this case, Laurel and Hardy don't want to fight wildfires, so they stumble into a decidedly more lavish option of taking refuge in a mansion to only disastrous results. To add to that, the film is consistently active, bearing the fantastic physical comedy and rabble-rousing entertainment necessary for a short like this to work, only proving why Laurel and Hardy became two enormous comedic names.

Starring: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Directed by: Fred L. Guiol.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Home from the Honeymoon See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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