Novice policemen Stanley and Oliver, eating lunch in their patrol car, nearly have their spare tire stolen by a thief and his sassy partner. They then miss the broadcast address of a ... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie give evidence which convicts vicious gangster Butch. They plan to leave town and advertise for a traveling companion to share expenses. Butch's girl replies to the advert and... See full summary »
Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and... See full summary »
Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not... See full summary »
Commanded to "scram" out of town by a cantankerous judge, poor vagabonds, Stan and Ollie, slip into something more comfortable to spend the night at a sympathetic inebriate's home; however, is this the right house?
Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh ... See full summary »
Keen on climbing the social ladder by marrying a rich widow, Oliver finds the nerve to cheat on his partner, Stanley, unbeknownst to him that her favourite hobby is murder. Now, it seems that he is next. Who can save Oliver the Eighth?
In lieu of back wages, the defunct circus that Stanley and Oliver have been working for pay them off with a flea circus and a trained chimpanzee named "Ethel." Unfortunately, that's also the name of their landlord's wife, and after the boys sneak the ape into their room, the jealous man draws some unfortunate conclusions when he overhears Oliver ordering Ethel to "come to bed."Written by
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The picture of "Ethel" the landlord is holding, and the actress portraying her are two different people. See more »
I just saw MGM!
What do you mean MGM?
[Laurel points to a roaring lion which scares them]
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When re-released by Film Classics in the 1940s, the opening titles were reversed. Instead of going the right way: "Mr. Hardy's aesthetic nature thrilled at the beauties of circus life -- Mr. Laurel never got any further than the monkey cage", it was reversed and started with "Mr. Laurel never got...." See more »
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.
Although a vast majority of Laurel and Hardy's previous efforts ranged from above average to very good ('45 Minutes from Hollywood' being the only misfire and mainly worth seeing as a curiosity piece and for historical interest, and even that wasn't a complete mess), 'Two Tars' for me was their first truly classic one with close to flawless execution. Didn't find 'The Chimp' one of their best and it's somewhat uneven, but even when Laurel and Hardy were not at their best it was still better than the output of many other prolific comics at their best and quite a lot of comedy today.
Admittedly, the story is pretty thin and is pretty standard.
Did feel especially that the second half focused too much on the chimp and the duo's troubles with it. The gags lacked the crispness and wit seen in the first half, coming over as sometimes slightly laboured, and the chimp could have been funnier and more endearing, as well as looking less fake.
Despite that, 'The Chimp' is good fun, mostly very amusing and the best moments, with one of the better first halves of any Laurel and Hardy effort at this point, being classic hilarity. It is never too silly, there is a wackiness that mostly doesn't lose its energy and the sly wit is here, some of the material may not be new but how it's executed actually doesn't feel too familiar and it doesn't get repetitive. A lot happens yet it doesn't ever feel rushed or over-stuffed.
Laurel and Hardy are on top form here, both are well used, both have material worthy of them and they're equal rather than one being funnier than the other (before Laurel tended to be funnier and more interesting than Hardy, who tended to be underused). Their chemistry feels like a partnership here too, before 'Two Tars' you were yearning for more scenes with them together but in 'The Chimp' and on the most part from 'Two Tars' onwards we are far from robbed of that. Their comic timing is impeccable.
'The Chimp' looks good visually, aside from the chimp, is full of energy and the direction gets the best out of the stars, is at ease with the material and doesn't let it get too busy or static. The supporting players are solid, particularly Billy Gilbert, but it's Laurel and Hardy's show all the way.
Overall, good fun if inconsistent. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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