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You're Darn Tootin' (1928)

Passed | | Short, Comedy, Music | 21 April 1928 (USA)
Members of a municipal band, Stanley and Oliver seem to be always following someone else's lead, rather than that of the temperamental conductor. Soon they're out of a job, as well as their... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Stanley, clarinet player
... Ollie, French horn player
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Benge ... Musician
... Manhole worker
Christian J. Frank ... Policeman
Dick Gilbert ... Boarder
Charlie Hall ... Musician
... Musician
... Musician
... Bandleader
Sam Lufkin ... Man in restaurant
George Rowe ... Pedestrian
Frank Saputo
Rolfe Sedan ... Drunk
Agnes Steele ... Landlady
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Members of a municipal band, Stanley and Oliver seem to be always following someone else's lead, rather than that of the temperamental conductor. Soon they're out of a job, as well as their lodgings when the landlady finds out they've been fired. The boys try their luck at being street musicians, but the tiffs they get into with each other soon spread to passersby in general, until the street is filled with men pulling each other's pants off. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Short | Comedy | Music

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21 April 1928 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Filmed at the start of 1928 Stan and Ollies characters had now come into their own and story ideas began flowing. Early in January one of the gag men had seen some musicians performing in a park bandstand and mentioned it to Stan and soon they were filming what was called 'The Music Blasters' which was changed to the title we know just before its release. It was filmed almost in sequence in 10 days with the shin kicking and pants tearing sequence taking 2 days. Due to an existing still it's known that one gag was filmed and then dropped. This featured an elderly lady about to give some money to the Boys who are street musicians but pulls a face at hearing their 'music' and turns away. The gag where Stan loosens the top of the salt and pepper shakers was reused in The Hoosegow a year later. Ham Kinsley who was billed as a musician was also Stan's stand in. See more »

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In the course of the escalating tiff on the street between Stan and Ollie, there are multiple instances of Ollie punching Stan in the stomach, followed by Stan kicking Ollie in the shins. After a few of these, tactics are changed to ripping handkerchiefs, removing or shredding ties, etc. After the latter takes place, the handkerchief and tie is seen lying on the ground. But then, a couple of shots are inserted of more stomach punching and shin kicking, which were actually shot earlier and show the boys' ties and handkerchiefs still intact. See more »

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Striking up the band
13 August 2018 | by See all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.

While not classic Laurel and Hardy, later films, short and feature, had stronger chemistry when fully formed and used their considerable talents better, 'You're Darn Tootin' is a lot of fun. Before, Laurel was much funnier and more interesting while Hardy in most of the previous outings had too little to do. 'You're Darn Tootin' is very good, to me it's easily one of their best at this point of their careers and one of the first, along with the two mentioned above, to feel like a Laurel and Hardy short rather than a short featuring them.

'You're Darn Tootin' is flimsy in story, and doesn't feel quite enough for the short's length.

A few gags are a bit repetitive and old-fashioned.

Laurel however is very funny, and sometimes hilarious. It is wonderful seeing Hardy having more to do and he is on Laurel's level and actually even funnier. The chemistry is certainly much more here than in previous outings of theirs, namely because there's more of them together and it was starting to feel like a partnership. Support is nice.

Both Laurel and Hardy have great moments, especially the orchestral presentation in the park sequence which is sheer hilarity.

A good deal of the humour is well timed, hugely energetic and very funny if not always hilarious, with everything going at a lively pace and there is a lot of charm and good nature to keep one going. 'You're Darn Tootin' looks quite good still with some interesting shots.

In summary, a lot of fun. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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