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The Second 100 Years (1927)

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?

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Fred Guiol

Writers:

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

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

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.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Second Hundred Years See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Laurel and Hardy film to be released by MGM. See more »

Quotes

Little Goofy: What's a detour?
Big Goofy: It's the wrong way to the right place!
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Amusing but sub-par
31 August 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Stan and Ollie are in prison and are constantly trying to escape. The problem is that they are idiots and every plan they try fails. Some of them are pretty funny and some a bit too silly in this film. This is one of the earlier Laurel and Hardy films, so I'm cutting it a bit of slack in scoring it a 6. The problem is that this prison comedy, while funny, also has a couple bits where the timing is just awful and they milk gags way too long--something you'd never see in their later and more polished films.

The first of these over-long bits is when prisoners Stan and Ollie try to escape by pretending to be painters. When a guard becomes suspicious and follows them out of the prison, they start painting EVERYTHING in sight. When I was a kid and saw this, I thought it was hilarious. Now, as an adult, it just seemed stupid--and NOT in a good way! The second was the awful dining scene where Stan chases a cherry all around the table with his spoon. This "funny" bit was often seen in films before this with other comics and it just isn't funny--and it goes on and on far too long.

Overall, even poor Laurel and Hardy is pretty funny and worth seeing. So give this one a look but understand it's not up to their usual high standards.


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