Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Second 100 Years - 1927

Country: United States
Language: English (intertitles)
Director: Fred Guiol
Writers: Leo McCarey (story), H.M. Walker (titles)
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Charlie Hall
Release Date: 8 October 1927 (USA)
Also Known As: Dick und Doof: Dem Henker entronnen (West Germany - TV title), Dick und Doof: Mit dem Pinsel in der Hand (West Germany - TV title), I due galeotti (Italy), Kavaliere für 24 Stunden (Germany), Prisioneiros Azarados (Brazil), The Second Hundred Years (USA - alternative spelling), Toiset sata vuotta (Finland), Zwei Herren Dick und Doof: Mit dem Pinsel in der Hand (West Germany - TV title)
Filming locations: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Plant, Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles County Jail, Culver City, California, USA
Plot Keywords: Prison | Painting | Time In Title | Cherry | Two Reeler  | Candle | Diner |  Car | Laurel And Hardy | Prison Escape | Fork | Number In Title
Genres: Comedy | Short
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
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.  
Laurel and Hardy's heads were shaved for their appearance in this film, and their hair had not yet grown back in their roles in Max Davidson's Call of the Cuckoos (1927), released a week after this film.
This was the first Laurel and Hardy film to be released by MGM.
This is one of the few films in the Laurel & Hardy canon in which they don't use their own names.

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