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It's a typical day at the woodshop for Stanley and Oliver, getting jammed in windows, puncturing water pipes, getting stuck to glue brushes, having tiffs with their co-workers, and finally getting their car cut in half in a giant band-saw.Written by
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The final gag has Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy accidentally driving their Model T through an industrial band saw; the blade passes between them and cuts their vehicle in half. Laurel & Hardy biographer Charles Barr claimed the comedians were nearly killed filming this scene, but Roach Studios special-effects director Roy Seawright asserted that Stan and Ollie were never in danger. "That gag was a collaboration between Fred Knoth's mechanical department and my photographic department", Seawright said. "It was done with a traveling matte, a traveling split-screen. We had one half go through first, and then we introduced the other half. So, ultimately, it was accomplished on an optical printer". See more »
When Hardy yanks at the hose connected to the sink, he is wet. When he comes out of the sawdust chute, there isn't ANY sawdust stuck to him. See more »
[after he and Stan have landed after toppling over on the ladder and demolishing the utility shed, with Stan clutching Ollie's ears in terror]
Will you let go of my EA-YUHS?
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Also available in computer colorized version. See more »
The short is bookended by lovely titles with a saw rolling across, gorgeous. Any comedy short is only as good as its set pieces, so I break them up thusly:
* The car, with its special radio, is great and reminds me of a story I heard about John Lennon who apparently had a record player in his fancy car, but you can only use it when you're stopped for a picnic for example, not while you're driving.
* The sawmill, with wood everywhere you walk. Belly laughs.
* The boys fight quite a bit, in the way the Three Stooges became famous for later.
* The window. Goes a bit long.
* The chute. Incredible.
* Sawing a (something) in half. Brilliant. This gag: 10/10
A great first short to see from my new 21-disc set.
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