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The Second 100 Years (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 8 October 1927 (USA)
Thrown in prison for a hundred years, Little Goofy and Big Goofy finally break free, posing as an anarchic duo of undercover painters. Soon, the boys wind up in a private party as visiting French dignitaries; however, who are they kidding?

Director:

Fred Guiol

Writers:

Leo McCarey (story), H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Stan Laurel ... Little Goofy
Oliver Hardy ... Big Goofy
James Finlayson ... Governor Browne Van Dyke
Tiny Sandford Tiny Sandford ... Prison Guard (as Stanley Sandford)
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Storyline

Two convicts (Laurel & Hardy), in an escape attempt, tunnel into the warden's office, instead. They then disguise themselves as painters and walk out the front gate. Needing new clothes, they steal suits from visiting dignitaries, take their places in a limousine, and are delivered back to the same prison for a tour. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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New starring team uncorks riotous performance in first picture as comedy duo.

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Comedy | Short

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Trivia

This was the first Laurel and Hardy film to be released by MGM. See more »

Quotes

Little Goofy: What's a detour?
Big Goofy: It's the wrong way to the right place!
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Connections

Edited into The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy (1967) See more »

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Escaping prison with Laurel and Hardy
7 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.

'The Second Hundred Years' is nowhere near classic Laurel and Hardy, later films, short and feature, had stronger chemistry when fully formed and used their considerable talents better. At this point, Laurel was much funnier and more interesting while Hardy in most of the previous outings had too little to do. 'The Second Hundred Years' is still worth watching though and is an improvement on some of their previous short films, along with 'Duck Soup', 'While Girls Love Sailors' and 'Sailors, Beware!' it was up there as among Laurel and Hardy's best up to this point.

Personally would have liked more sly wit that made their later entries better.

The story is a bit busy at times and both slight and formulaic. Have to concur too with the ending sequence being too long and over-stretched.

Laurel however is very funny, and sometimes hilarious, like as was said for a few of his previous outings 'The Second Hundred Years' is worth seeing for him alone. Hardy is at least not wasted, and he does give one of his funniest and most interesting appearances of his pairings with Laurel up to this point despite his persona being not as fully formed as Laurel's. The chemistry is much more here than in previous outings of theirs if still evolving. Support is nice.

A good deal of the humour is well timed, hugely energetic and very funny, with everything going at a lively pace, and there is a lot of charm and good nature to keep one going. 'The Second Hundred Years' looks quite good.

To conclude, decent. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1927 (USA) See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent | Mono (musical score)

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1.33 : 1
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