Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.
I have been watching plenty of Laurel & Hardy shorts recently but it's been many years since I saw anything longer from them, so it was with great joy I saw this in the TV schedule and settled down to watch it. My first observation as a short watcher is that it is surprisingly close to the consistency of the shorts, even if it is over three times longer than those. The plot is detailed enough to provide several really good routines but also plenty of really enjoyable gags.
Of great enjoyment to a fan of the shorts were several comic scenes that showed them to be more than just funny men. The soft shoe shuffle is the oft-quoted favourite and is quite amusing but the songs are all enjoyable without intruding on the comedy in the way some films of the time did. The most pleasurable aspect is Hardy's voice he is a charming baritone and is really surprising. Laurel is good too and the pair are cool on `Trail of the Lonesome Pine'.
Both Laurel & Hardy's delivery is impeccable and the routines and gags are only made better by their talent. Finalyson is excellent and for me is easily the king of that double take/squint thing that he does so very well! Lynn and Lawrence are both OK but are really secondary characters behind the men.
Overall fans will rightly love this film and it may also win over some who have yet to experience the pair. It has music, dance, routines and gags all delivered by the great duo themselves. What more do you need?
- bob the moo
- Jan 17, 2003