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Two Tars (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 3 November 1928 (USA)
Stanley and Oliver, two sailors on shore leave, rent a car and go on a drive with their dates, but soon get involved in a huge traffic jam with dozens of ill-tempered motorists. A minor ... See full summary »

Director:

James Parrott

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Edgar Kennedy ... Motorist
Thelma Hill ... Brunette Girl
Ruby Blaine Ruby Blaine ... Blonde Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bernard ... Truck Driver
Chet Brandenburg ... Motorist
Baldwin Cooke ... Motorist
Edgar Dearing ... Motorcycle Policeman
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Motorist
Helen Gilmore ... Motorist
Clara Guiol Clara Guiol ... Motorist
Charlie Hall ... Shopkeeper
Jack Hill Jack Hill ... Motorist with Mattress
Fred Holmes Fred Holmes ... Motorist
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Storyline

Stanley and Oliver, two sailors on shore leave, rent a car and go on a drive with their dates, but soon get involved in a huge traffic jam with dozens of ill-tempered motorists. A minor collision sets off an escalating series of tit-for-tat retaliations which eventually has most of the cars in pieces. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Tough Tars See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Thomas Benton Roberts, playing the part of the Motorist with Tomatoes, was a prop man and carpenter on the Roach lot. The tomato rubbed in his face had been previously cut open and filled with ketchup, so it would film better. See more »

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In one scene the Boys are parked alongside another car. As Stan uses the starting handle on their car it's pushed forward by Edgar Kennedy in his car so running over Stan who emerges between the two cars and now there's no cars in the background. See more »

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Laurel & Hardy get into a traffic jam in Two Tars
3 August 2011 | by tavmSee all my reviews

When I first watched this at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library about 30 years ago, I remember being a bit disappointed since there was no dialogue or sound effects, this being my first exposure to a silent film in its entirety not to mention that of Laurel & Hardy without their voices. I liked it much better when I bought the VHS tape during the '90s and having now rewatched it on Hulu as linked from IMDb, I now think this is one of their near-best ever! Everything from Stan's first accident when driving to Ollie's when he takes the wheel to a bubble gum machine incident involving L & H regular Charlie Hall to that chaotic traffic jam, it's just one hilarious visual gag after another! Besides Hall, other funny supporting turns come from Thomas Benton Roberts, a prop man at Hal Roach Studios, as a man with the tomatoes, Edgar Dearing as the motorcycle cop attempting to arrest the boys, and especially Ruby Blaine as the blonde half of the girls Stan and Ollie pick up for dates who really gives it to Hall and later sprays oil on another female passerby. Ms. Blaine was reportedly a professional wrestler then appearing in near Pasadena. Thelma Hill plays the other brunette half. If you're interested in the behind-the-scenes info on this particular short, I highly recommend Randy Skretvedt's book "Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies" on which he reviews all their films (though since one of them-Hats Off-is completely lost for now, he can only mention what reviews at the time said of that). So on that note, Two Tars is highly recommended.


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