Original release: 1965
Running length: 90 minutes
A compilation of primarily Laurel and Hardy shorts—From Soup to Nuts, Wrong Again, Putting the Pants on Philip, The Finishing Touch, Sugar Daddies and short clips from others—plus Max Davidson’s Call of the Cuckoo and Dumb Daddies, with some cross-over Charley Chase footage, which, along with Robert Youngson’s previous “The Golden Age of Comedy”, “When Comedy Was King”, “Days of Thrills and Laughter”, led to a renewed interest in and a revival of television showings of Laurel and Hardy shorts.
Five of Laurel and Hardy’s best features from the silent film era are compiled in this collection by Robert Youngson. Included are From Soup To Nuts, Wrong Again, The Finishing Touch, and Liberty. On hand are legendary comic foils like James Findlayson and Edgar Kennedy, both masters of the “slow burn” when showing their disapproval. Watch for Margaret Dumont, famous for her characterization as the flustered dowager in many Marx Brothers films, in the pie-fight scene.