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Way Out West (1937)

Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.

Director:

James W. Horne

Writers:

Jack Jevne (original story), Charley Rogers (original story) (as Charles Rogers) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stanley
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Sharon Lynn ... Lola Marcel (as Sharon Lynne)
James Finlayson ... Mickey Finn
Rosina Lawrence ... Mary Roberts
Stanley Fields ... Sheriff
Vivien Oakland ... Sheriff's Wife
The Avalon Boys The Avalon Boys ... Singing Quartette
Dinah Dinah ... The Mule
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Storyline

Stan and Ollie are charged with delivering the deed to a valuable gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector. However they reckon without the machinations of her evil guardian Mickey Finn who is determined to have the gold mine for himself and his saloon singer wife Lola. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Allá en el lejano oeste See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (TCM print) | (BBFC)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits prologue: From 1927 to 1940 LAUREL & HARDY made marvelous short subjects and feature films at Hal Roach Studios, earning praise as the greatest comedy team ever produced by the movies or television. The world has never stopped laughing.

We are pleased to present newly restored and painstakingly preserved original versions of these comedy masterworks. Transferred to safety film from the finest surviving 35 mm elements, all are complete, most have reinstated original titles, and two even contain new footage never before released!

The KirchGroup takes pride in presenting these classics for future generations. See more »

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Ollie says to Finn 'You snake in the grass' and knocks his fist on Finn's head. Finn puts his hand to his head, but in the next shot his hand is by his side. See more »

Quotes

[Finn pushes the $1 key on the cash register and .10 shows up, he opens the cash register case to examine it, and .10 appears when he presses the $1 key again]
[first lines]
Mickey Finn: Hey, this thing ain't workin' right.
Bartender: It's working all right for me.
[Finn does a double take]
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Alternate Versions

Some prints removed the opening MGM lion. The newest German release has the MGM-Lion restored. It is also present on the UK DVD releases from 2004 (black and white version only). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dad's Army: The Big Parade (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want to Be in Dixie
(1912) (uncredited)
Written by Ted Snyder and Irving Berlin
Performed by Rosina Lawrence, Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel
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A masterpiece, one of L&H's best
11 February 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

WAY OUT WEST

Aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Sound format: Mono

(Black and white)

Stan and Ollie are robbed of the deed to a valuable gold mine by a couple of fortune hunters (James Finlayson and Sharon Lynn).

One of Laurel and Hardy's most fondly remembered productions, WAY OUT WEST features career-best material, including a chase around the villain's apartment ("Ah-hah!" "Oh-hoh!" "Ee-hee!"), three wonderful musical interludes, and one of cinema's most priceless set-pieces: Stan and Ollie's soft-shoe shuffle outside a saloon as the Avalon Boys sing 'At the Ball'! Director James Horne was also responsible for many of L&H's short films, and his no-frills style is eminently suited to proceedings: Every routine is reduced to its basic components, all the better to 'sell' the gags, both visual and spoken. The film opened in 1937 to a number of lukewarm reviews, but has since secured its place within movie history. A bona fide masterpiece.

NB. The Avalon Boys included prolific character actor Chill Wills among their number (he also provides Stan's 'deep voice' during 'Trail of the Lonesome Pine'), and some of the incidental music was written by Irving Berlin! Neither of these gentlemen are credited on the print itself.


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