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This is arguably Laurel and Hardy's best two-reel silent (the other contender for first place is ). The boys play sailors on furlough. They have rented a Model T Ford for the day and meet a pair of pretty girls (Thelma Hill and Ruby Blaine). After an altercation with a gum machine and an irate shopkeeper (Charlie Hall), the foursome go on a drive and find themselves in a traffic jam. They drive past the long line of cars to discover the cause for the delay -- a driver who has run out of fuel on one side, and road workers on the other. Since they can't go forward, Ollie and Stan back up, running into another driver (Edgar Kennedy). They exchange angry bumps and the driver hits the next car back and breaks a headlight. Now the fun really begins -- the rest of the film is what Stan Laurel referred to as "reciprocal destruction." The fight that ensues goes all down the line, and very methodically, each car in the traffic jam is mutilated. Stan and Ollie, of course, are doing the most damage, pulling up fenders, removing tires, etc. Finally a cop comes and as the boys' girlfriends beat a hasty retreat, he puts a halt to the proceedings. All the drivers point at the sailors as the initial cause of the trouble, so the cop motions them to wait while the others leave. As the long row of sorry looking vehicles limp past, Stan and Ollie have a hard time remaining serious. When a truck runs over the cop's motorcycle, the boys take the opportunity to quickly drive off. The policeman orders everybody to "follow them sailors!" They do, even when they enter a railway tunnel. But an oncoming train puts the pursuers in reverse, while Stan and Ollie come out on the other side of the tunnel, their Model T squashed like a pancake on its edge. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

  • Release date:November 3, 1928

Cast

Stan Laurel
as Stanley
Oliver Hardy
as Oliver
Edgar Kennedy
as Motorist
Thelma Hill
as Brunette girl
Chet Brandenburg
as Motorist
Edgar Dearing
as Motorcycle policeman
Frank Ellis
as Motorist
Helen Gilmore
as Motorist
Jack Hill
as Motorist with Mattress
Sam Lufkin
as Pedestrian; motorist
Lon Poff
as Motorist
Charlie Hall
as Shopkeeper
Thelma Hill
as Brunette girl
Charlie Hall
as Shopkeeper
Stan Laurel
as Stanley
Edgar Dearing
as Motorcycle policeman
Sam Lufkin
as Pedestrian; motorist
Oliver Hardy
as Oliver
Frank Ellis
as Motorist
Lon Poff
as Motorist
Jack Hill
as Motorist with Mattress
Edgar Kennedy
as Motorist
Helen Gilmore
as Motorist
Chet Brandenburg
as Motorist

Crew

James Parrott
Director
Hal Roach
Producer
George Stevens
Cinematographer
Richard C. Currier
Editor
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