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Two Tars (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 3 November 1928 (USA)
At a rail crossing, a small fender-bender incident turns into a major tit-for-tat retaliatory war among various motorists.


James Parrott


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




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Edgar Kennedy ... Motorist
Thelma Hill ... Brunette Girl
Ruby Blaine Ruby Blaine ... Blonde Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bernard ... Truck Driver
Chet Brandenburg ... Motorist
Baldwin Cooke ... Motorist
Edgar Dearing ... Motorcycle Policeman
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Motorist
Helen Gilmore ... Motorist
Clara Guiol ... Motorist
Charlie Hall ... Shopkeeper
Jack Hill Jack Hill ... Motorist with Mattress
Fred Holmes Fred Holmes ... Motorist


Stanley and Oliver, two sailors on shore leave, rent a car and go on a drive with their dates, but soon get involved in a huge traffic jam with dozens of ill-tempered motorists. A minor collision sets off an escalating series of tit-for-tat retaliations which eventually has most of the cars in pieces. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Positively a side-splitting scream with the incomparable Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. (Print Ad- Wolf Point Herald, ((Wolf Point, Mont.)) 22 February 1929)


Comedy | Short


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a well constructed and satisfying comedy
15 June 2005 | by cinefoolSee all my reviews

Part of the beauty of this perfectly paced classic comedy is not just it's gradual compounding of incident but how resonant it's plotting is today. Who likes traffic jams? Nobody! Stan and Ollie seem almost prescient to have tapped into a vexation that plagues us even now; maybe more than ever on today's superhighways that still cannot accommodate the flow of modern commuting. It is not so much the individual performances that matter here, but the over-all building of pace and piling on of incident. I think of this film every time I'm tangled in bad traffic; so will you, but please resist the temptation to rip the fender off of the car alongside you -- it may be mine.

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Release Date:

3 November 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Tough Tars 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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