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Way Out West (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Western | 16 April 1937 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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
Don Brookins ... Member of the Singing Quartette (as The Avalon Boys)
Art Green Art Green ... Member of the Singing Quartette (as The Avalon Boys)
Walter Trask Walter Trask ... Member of the Singing Quartette (as The Avalon Boys)
Chill Wills ... Lead Singer of the Singing Quartette / Stan's Bass Singing (as The Avalon Boys)
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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Taglines:

Laurel and Hardy Are Going Way Out West! And Boy, Is the East Glad! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Way Out West 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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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

Edited into Dance of the Cookoos (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Cheyenne
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Played during opening scene
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Sublime at Times
11 January 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

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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