If you watch enough movies you can start to make interesting
comparisons. One fruitful kind is when a series or sequel sequence is
done by a different creative team. Same general idea but completely
There are other comparisons, but the one that is cogent to this movie
is the joke boxing match. Every comic did one, including Chaplin and
Keaton. Oh but how different they are! Not until "Raging Bull" and
"Rocky" would the camera enter the ring, but watch how Stan draws us
in. With Chaplin's tramp we were supposed to be impressed with the
comic ballet of the thing, but here the comedy is more personal, and we
The notion of noir in film is much discussed, and mostly with error.
The core of noir is not in jaggy sets or dark lighting (they are mere
cinematic indicators) but in the notion of an average Joe getting
caught up in a capricious fate that toys with him.
Credit Hardy with laying the groundwork, at least on the character
Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching..
Laurel and Hardy versus Walter Long
This is one of several films Laurel and Hardy made with supporting
actor Walter Long. I always liked this films, as unlike the other foils
for the duo, Long was just plain scary! In variably, Long ended up
wanting to kill Stan and Ollie in the films and they are all good for a
laugh. This one is no exception, though I also think it isn't among the
best of this collaboration--though it's still a lotta fun! Stan and
Ollie are sailors who want to check in to Long's seedy-looking motel.
At first, everything seems fine to our heroes, but later they catch
Long trying to force a young lady to marry him against her will. I
loved what happened when they first tried to intervene! They threw
billiard balls at him and hit him in the head and Long didn't even
notice--that's just how mean and tough a character he was!! Despite
this, they eventually get the better of Long and free the lady.
Later, they are hungry and broke. Ollie meets an old pal who is a
boxing promoter and they agree to fight that night. Of course, selfish
Ollie tells Stanley that he must fight--after all, Ollie is the
trainer! And, not surprisingly, Long turns out to be Stan's opponent!
However, instead of being pulverized, Stan defeats the big jerk! You'll
just have to see how and why for yourself.
Overall, this film is just funny and enjoyable, so it's well worth a
look. While not the very best of their shorts, it's very watchable and