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½ June 29, 2016
This short film of the great comedic duo, clearly during their apex of exuberance and quality, has great comic writing by both Stan Laurel and Frank Tashlin, the latter of which utilized that mayhem early in his career with great 'Looney Tunes' cartoons and then later in live-action laugh-o-ramas starring the likes of Jerry Lewis (himself a great Laurel enthusiast) and Jayne Mansfield. This shouldn't be missed by any fans of great comedy.
January 2, 2014
Ollie shows buddy Stan who is in charge in his household by taking all his money out of the bank behind his wife's back and going furniture shoppings. Of course, things don't go smoothly, and from then on a series of hilarious unfortunate events even lead them to a near death experience. The storyline of this Laurel and Hardy short is a bit random, but the duo makes it work well and even ends on a very funny gag where, after a blood transfusion, they mould into each other.
½ January 20, 2013
Fairly average Laurel and Hardy, pretty predictable capers with a memorable ending when Stan and Oli have a blood transfusion ending with them swicthing body shapes. Nothing to rave about here though.
½ December 26, 2011
The money that you gave to him, to give to me to pay him!
½ February 22, 2011
While preserving the most casual air - there's a lovely tableau of Stan and Ollie just lolling around upon their return from the shopping expedition, and it segues effortlessly from parlour to auction house to hospital waiting room - it introduces new, almost medical notes on the leads, from Ollie's sucker genes ("As a Southener, chivalry is my middle name") to Stan's understandably extreme blood pressure. Almost impossible to see how an early exchange of money will pay off in the inspired final gag - a bit of body-swap business that doubtless chuffed the Surrealists no end - but it's there nonetheless, and director Horne even throws in a spot of very early postmodernism in Stan and Ollie's dragging the scene changes across personally - because once you've broken everything else in sight, you may as well break the frame.
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