It's the morning of Oliver's wedding to oil baron Peter Cucumber's daughter. While waiting for the taxi to take them to the ceremony, Oliver and his best man Stanley become absorbed in a ... See full summary »
Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and... See full summary »
Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »
After an endless cycle of dish washing, Ollie makes a withdrawal, ending up in the hospital after buying a grandfather clock. Only a generous blood transfusion can help him bounce back; however, is modern medicine prepared for the outcome?
Keen on climbing the social ladder by marrying a rich widow, Oliver finds the nerve to cheat on his partner, Stanley, unbeknownst to him that her favourite hobby is murder. Now, it seems that he is next. Who can save Oliver the Eighth?
Stan and Ollie give evidence which convicts vicious gangster Butch. They plan to leave town and advertise for a traveling companion to share expenses. Butch's girl replies to the advert and... See full summary »
Commanded to "scram" out of town by a cantankerous judge, poor vagabonds, Stan and Ollie, slip into something more comfortable to spend the night at a sympathetic inebriate's home; however, is this the right house?
Novice policemen Stanley and Oliver, eating lunch in their patrol car, nearly have their spare tire stolen by a thief and his sassy partner. They then miss the broadcast address of a ... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample ... See full summary »
A serious case of emotional neglect brings door-to-door Christmas cards salesmen, Stan and Ollie, at the house of an inconsolable wife who is convinced that her artist husband doesn't love her anymore.
Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, ... See full summary »
Brain specialist Oliver and his secretary Stanley bicker over listening in on each other's phone calls. Nevertheless, plans procede to celebrate the anniversary of their weddings to each other's sisters. At home, preparations go awry as the two wives also get on each other's nerves.Written by
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George Marshall was slated to direct "Twice Two" and did some pre-production work on the film. But Roach studio management abruptly fired him for falling behind schedule on the previous Laurel & Hardy short, "Towed in a Hole" (1932). Marshall was replaced by L&H stalwart James Parrott, whose drinking and other personal issues were making him unreliable; he never directed the team again. See more »
When Stan and Ollie reach their front door the door blind is down as far as the door handle until Ollie shuts Stan out when it's a foot or so higher but when Stan knocks on the door it's then right down covering the handle. See more »
[to Mrs. Hardy]
Just because you wear the pants in your family, that's no sign you're going to wear them in mine.
Oh, well I wear my own pants in this family.
Yes, and I wear mine.
[Stan takes that literally and lifts her dress to see if she's wearing pants, and she slaps his hands away]
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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.
Although a vast majority of Laurel and Hardy's previous efforts ranged from above average to very good ('45 Minutes from Hollywood' being the only misfire and mainly worth seeing as a curiosity piece and for historical interest, and even that wasn't a complete mess), 'Two Tars' for me was their first truly classic one with close to flawless execution. Didn't find 'Twice Two' quite one of their very best, but it to me still very good.
Admittedly, the story is pretty thin and is pretty standard and the beginning is a touch slow. The dubbing has also been criticised by a few for understandable reasons, it jars a bit.
Despite that, 'Twice Two' is great fun while also having a definite degree of substance, never less than very amusing and the best moments, like with the ice cream and the phone calls, being classic hilarity. It is never too silly, there is a wackiness that never loses its energy and the sly wit is here, some of the material may not be new but how it's executed actually doesn't feel too familiar and it doesn't get repetitive. Seeing the two in drag is great fun and nowhere near as tiresome as it sounds, while Laurel and the ice cream is even funnier. A lot happens yet it doesn't ever feel rushed or over-stuffed.
Laurel and Hardy are on top form here, both are well used, both have material worthy of them and they're equal rather than one being funnier than the other (before Laurel tended to be funnier and more interesting than Hardy, who tended to be underused). Their chemistry feels like a partnership here too, before 'Two Tars' you were yearning for more scenes with them together but in 'Twice Two' and on the most part from 'Two Tars' onwards we are far from robbed of that. Their comic timing is impeccable, especially Laurel as Hardy's wife.
'Twice Two' looks good visually, is full of energy and the direction gets the best out of the stars, is at ease with the material and doesn't let it get too busy or static.
Concluding, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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