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Liberty (1929)

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?


Leo McCarey


Leo McCarey, H.M. Walker (titles)




Cast overview:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Tom Kennedy ... Prison Guard
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


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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A Sound Comedy That'll "Tie You in a Knot" (Print Ad- Providence News, ((Providence RI)) 13 April 1929)


Comedy | Short | Family


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Did You Know?


The iconic photograph of silent film comedy in which Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are high above the city on girders of a building under construction was taken from this short. See more »


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 »

Alternate Versions

The original print of this film is probably lost. The available version is a Film Classics reissue with credits replaced (and with one name misspelled). The quality of the images changes throughout the entire film because most of it is lifted from a Robert Youngson compilation. See more »

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Funniest ever L & H film
16 May 2007 | by adrianwingateSee all my reviews

I know that they are an acquired taste. You either love them or hate them. Thankfully the Lord blessed me with the sense of humour that falls into the former not the later.

I LOVE Laurel and Hardy.

I do not think there will ever be a funnier duo in my lifetime. My father showed me them when I was a kid. I've loved them ever since.

Liberty is, in my opinion, the funniest ever Laurel and Hardy film made. It certainly isn't the most well known. There maybe a lot of people that don't like the golden age of the silent film. This film has it all (except sound!!!) If you get the chance to watch it grab the opportunity with both hands. The funniest sequence is when they are on the building site and a crab falls down one of their trousers.

If you enjoy this half as much as I did then you'll end up in hospital with stomach cramps from laughing too much.

They don't make them like this anymore (more the pity) Enjoy

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (music and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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