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Utopia (1950)

Atoll K (original title)
Stan inherits a yacht and a South Pacific island. Ollie and Stan sail there with 2 other men. They shipwreck on a new atoll and settle there. An ex-fiancee joins them. They declare an independent nation and problems arise.

Directors:

Léo Joannon, John Berry (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Monte Collins (additional material), Léo Joannon (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Laurel ... Stan (as Laurel)
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie (as Hardy)
Suzy Delair ... Chérie Lamour
Max Elloy ... Antoine
Suzet Maïs Suzet Maïs ... Mrs. Dolan
Félix Oudart Félix Oudart ... Le maire
Adriano Rimoldi ... Giovanni Copini
Robert Murzeau Robert Murzeau ... Le capitaine Dolan
Luigi Tosi Luigi Tosi ... Le lieutenant Jack Frazer
Michael Dalmatoff Michael Dalmatoff ... Alecto (as Michel Dalmatoff)
André Randall André Randall ... Branwell (as A. Randell)
Robert Vattier ... Le notaire français (as R. Vattier)
Claude May Claude May ... La secrétaire (as C. May)
Roger Legris ... Fortune hunter (as R. Legris)
Olivier Hussenot Olivier Hussenot ... Un chasseur de fortune (as O. Hussenot)
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Storyline

Heading for a newly inherited island, the boys are shipwrecked and marooned on an atoll which has just emerged from the sea. Along with their cook, a stowaway and a girl who is fleeing her fiancé, they set up their own government on the atoll. Uranium is discovered and world powers begin fighting over ownership of the island. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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1950s | atoll | island | cook | stowaway | See All (121) »

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Their first NEW comedy feature in years! ("Utopia" release one-sheet poster).

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Comedy

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Trivia

In an interview Lois Laurel (Stan's daughter), stated that her father never wanted to see and indeed never saw the final version of this film. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene in the lawyers' offices supposedly takes place in London, but the nameplate on the outside of the lawyers' building is in French. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: [to Stan, after all the diplomatic posts have been assigned] Why Stan... you're *the people*.
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Edited into Dick und Doof - Superschau des Lachens (1966) See more »

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Laissez-vous Faire
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Suzy Delair
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I would care to repeat it
28 June 2010 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This was part of a 3-DVD box-set, and it came with the Laurel and Hardy shorts Mud & Sand, Just Ramblin' Along, Oranges and Lemons, and the Three Stooges ones Brideless Groom and Sing a Song of Six Pants; it also came with another feature, Flying Deuces. The disc this was on came with The Tree in a Test Tube & Malice in the Palace. I haven't watched an awful lot of the duo, and other than the aforementioned ones, it has been years since I did. Not sure why this has such a low rating; it is genuinely funny and clever at its best(honestly, few of the light, goofy and, at times, cartoon-style slapstick gags fall flat), and it seldom, if ever, drags, for the 82 minute running time. It makes fun of politeness, taxes, and other everyday subjects, in spite of the unusual plot of a deceased eccentric uncle(always popular) leaving them an island. Inbetween clumsiness, knocking stuff over, falling, and other natural occurrences that are not presented as if they hurt, weepy Laurel(who looks so old and worn here) and dominating Hardy also explore social issues and government. Is that a good thing? Well, a lot of the way, the treatment of it is great. I don't think they quite keep up the quality all the way, though. Near the end(when this gets "big", with "action", as expected), this gets somewhat unrealistic, employs a sort of deus ex machina, and the conclusion has darkness to it. The FX are decent. Editing and cinematography are fine. A nice amount of laughs, and not boring. I recommend this to big fans of the two. 6/10


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Language:

French

Release Date:

14 December 1954 (USA) See more »

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(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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