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Mrs. Hardy insists that Oliver mount the radio aerial on the roof before he goes off gallivanting with his friend Stanley. But with Stanley's assistance, Oliver spends more time falling off the roof than atop it. Making one last attempt, Oliver climbs to the top of a ladder he's mounted on his Model T Ford, but just then Stanley accidentally starts the car. A wild ride through the streets of Culver City culminates in an unscheduled streetcar stop.Written by
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HOG WILD is one of the early talkies made by Laurel and Hardy. It starts off on a bad note, with a laboured comedy routine involving Ollie losing his hat (it's on his head the whole time) and getting involved in a massive argument with his wife. This bit is shrill, histrionic and irritating. Then Stan shows up and the two attempt to fit a new aerial on the roof, and it suddenly gets very good.
The best Laurel & Hardy shorts were the ones with them attempting to complete a job and this film is no exception. Much of it takes place on a single rooftop and there's plenty of opportunity for the high-power slapstick that fans know and love from the duo. This time around, the pratfalls invariably involve characters falling from a great height, and such moments never fail to elicit a laugh.
HOG WILD sustains its running time very well, but in the last five minutes things suddenly take a turn for the even more extreme and it becomes a classic indeed with one of the best sequences ever of the troublesome twosome's career. Basically, it involves a car, a ladder, and...well, just go watch it, as you won't be disappointed!
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