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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
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The gag where Stan and Ollie exit town followed by clouds of dust was done by having a powerful wind machine moved towards the camera with blowers and trays of dust in front of it . The film was then reversed making it look as if a cyclone of dust had been kicked up by the Boys as they escaped town. This gag had previously been used in the Our Gang comedy Election Day (1929) See more »
When Ollie's being hauled up to the saloon balcony and has crashed to the ground for the 2nd time he says to Stan' 'Hand me the end of that rope'. Just before he says it his hands are in his pockets then in the closeup he's pointing. See more »
[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]
Hey, this thing ain't workin' right.
It's working all right for me.
[Finn does a double take]
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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 »
As with any classic Laurel & Hardy, the plot is unimportant and just a frame on which to showcase their sweetly innocent brand of humor. Here they're trying to keep ownership of a goldmine out of the greedy clutches of a saloon owner and his blonde canary. The boys don't show up until 10 minutes into the proceedings, but from then on they are center stage with one routine after another.
Most are pretty funny, though the keep-away parlor chase goes on a shade too long as does the break-in escapade. However, when Hardy smugly revels in his superiority only to lose his outer garments and dignity to Laurel's witless bungling, we get a good look at the core of their appeal.
The comedy bits may be entertaining, but the several song and dance numbers are sublime. Notice how effortlessly the duo picks up on the hiccuping beat of the musical Avalon Boys. The resulting dance duet is among the most charming in film annals. Hardy in particular transforms from ungainly fat man into nimble blithe spirit, a beguiling triumph of grace over bulk, and more meaningful in its implications than the miles of over-produced, over- choreographed numbers from Hollywood's army of Big Musicals.
Sadly, theirs is the fey, gentle humor of an era gone by. Quite simply, there's been no one like them before or since. But at least a permanent record of their achievement remains for the rest of us who enjoy this lighthearted look at classic comedy.
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