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The Second 100 Years (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 8 October 1927 (USA)
Thrown in prison for a hundred years, Little Goofy and Big Goofy finally break free, posing as an anarchic duo of undercover painters. Soon, the boys wind up in a private party as visiting French dignitaries; however, who are they kidding?


Fred Guiol


Leo McCarey (story), H.M. Walker (titles)




Cast overview:
Stan Laurel ... Little Goofy
Oliver Hardy ... Big Goofy
James Finlayson ... Governor Browne Van Dyke
Tiny Sandford ... Prison Guard (as Stanley Sandford)


Two convicts (Laurel & Hardy), in an escape attempt, tunnel into the warden's office, instead. They then disguise themselves as painters and walk out the front gate. Needing new clothes, they steal suits from visiting dignitaries, take their places in a limousine, and are delivered back to the same prison for a tour. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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New starring team uncorks riotous performance in first picture as comedy duo.


Comedy | Short


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Did You Know?


The gag in which Stan chases a cherry from his fruit salad round the table was repeated in the Laurel and Hardy film From Soup to Nuts by Anita Garvin. See more »


Little Goofy: What's a detour?
Big Goofy: It's the wrong way to the right place!
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Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

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Have seen a lot better
3 May 2005 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

'The Second 100 Years' is a nice silent comedy from Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, but it is only nice, nothing more. The short start in jail where the two share a cell. They are about to escape through a tunnel. Their plan fails so they have to come up with something else. They pretend to be painters to get out of jail. After that, to escape a police officer they steal clothes from two French prison inspectors. Of course the inspectors were on their way to the prison Laurel and Hardy just escaped from.

The first part of this short has some laughs. The funny thing here is that not Laurel and Hardy are that funny, but the written words on screen between scenes. The middle part, when they are painters, is the best. While the police officer is following them they paint everything white on their way, including a certain person that could be offensive to some. Unfortunately it ends with a sequence that plays too long and therefore becomes dull.

I guess this could be a nice comedy short for fans of silent films or simply Laurel and Hardy comedies. I liked it up to a point, but compared to most other films I have seen from the two comedians this was a little disappointing.

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Release Date:

8 October 1927 (USA) See more »

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The Second Hundred Years See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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