Saturday, December 29, 2012

Call of the Cuckoo - 1927

Country: United States
Language: English (intertitles)
Director: Clyde Bruckman
Writer: H.M. Walker (titles)
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and James Finlayson
Release Date: 15 October 1927 (USA)
Also known as: Das Haus der tausend Freuden (Germany); La llamada del Cucú (Argentina); Una famiglia di matti (Italy)
Production Co: Hal Roach Studios
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Asylum | Two Reeler
Genres: Comedy | Short
Mishaps befall a new home owner (Davidson) located next door to an insane asylum. Max wants to sell his home, because of the crazy neighbours. Somebody else wants to get rid of his house, too, so they swap. But that house turns out to be a chaos of installation. The lights are not connected with the right switches, gas and water are mixed up, and the floor has a list, too. During the house-warming party, it comes to a battle between two relatives, who have little respect for others property, but that's not the worst blow for Max that evening.
This film was made just days after Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had finished filming Prisioneiros Azarados, in which they play shaven-headed convicts. Thus, the reason for the boys' buzz-cut hairdos in this film.
Edited into Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's (1965)
Referenced in Homem e Mulher Até Certo Ponto (1970) 

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