The greatest comedy duo of all time in one of their best films
, 04 Nov 2011
When I think that this film is nearly 80 years old and lasts for just about 1 hour ( one of the dynamic duos longer works ! ), I am amazed at how it has lasted in providing new generations so much fun, laughter and simple pleasure.
But I should not really be too surprised, I suppose. Ollie and Stan are arguably the best comedy duo of all time ( no offence to Eric and Ernie) , and they seem to have a timeless quality in all the works they produced.
Laughter IS timeless.......
This short movie is one of their very best.
It is pretty staggering how much of a storyline and locations and characters are fitted into the 1 hour------in fact it is quite a striking aspect of the film.
And we get to see Ollie and Stan's screen wives......quite a treat. Also an appearance from one of the Silent Screen's great under-rated comedians, Charley Chase.
It is no coincidence that this comedy duo are represented in my avatar.......they are legends who have endured, and always will.
Make sure to wait for the last 10 minutes of this film, even if you didn't like it up until then..............I vouch 9 out of 10 viewers will laugh out loud during the final scenes.
AND you'll get to learn all about 'ship-hiking' and how to arrive home from a ( supposed) disastrous sea voyage BEFORE the rescue boats bring back any of the survivors LOL.
Yes, it's old; yes, we've all seen it before; yes, it's only a short tribute to the early days of 'talkies'.......but it is what the world needs.........FUN !
I often think that in the great 5 Star film , 'Sullivans Travels', it should have been a Laurel & Hardy movie that the convicts saw during the moving scene in that film, instead of the admittedly excellent Disney classic comedy.
Highly recommended if you want to laugh or see great screen entertainment that is eternal.
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