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With the police hot on their trail, Stan and Ollie attempt to change clothes in their getaway car, only to find themselves struggling to balance atop the girders of an unfinished skyscraper. Will they return to ground level in one piece?

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Leo McCarey

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

Cast overview:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Tom Kennedy ... Prison Guard
Sam Lufkin Sam Lufkin ... Getaway Driver
James Finlayson ... Store Keeper
Jack Hill Jack Hill ... Officer
Harry Bernard ... Worker at Sea Food Dealer
Jean Harlow ... Woman in Cab (as Harlean Carpenter)
Ed Brandenburg Ed Brandenburg ... Cab Driver
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Two escaped convicts (Laurel & Hardy) change clothes in the getaway car, but wind up wearing each other's pants. The rest of the film involves their trying to exchange pants, in alleys, in cabs and finally high above the street on the girders of a construction site. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy | Short | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criminals at Large See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Mono (music and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released in silent and limited sound versions. See more »

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The rope attached to the girder is at first looped around it but in the next shot it's just draped over it. See more »

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just fabulous
22 May 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This is the film from Laurel and Hardy's silent days where they escape from prison, end up wearing each other's trousers, and finally are in danger stranded on steel girders high above ground. This sequence is a particular delight and unusual for the pair as it is more in Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd territory; here we see Stan and Ollie trying to get back to safety in a variety of amusing ways.

A very funny film which needs no dialogue and a minimum of title cards, 'Liberty' is probably their best effort before they went into sound. Sight gags, a range of funny situations, and perfect playing from the leads put this into a high class of comedy. Hugely enjoyable.


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