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Laurel and Hardy At Their Feature Peak
By most accounts (including mine), "Way Out West" is the team's greatest feature film.The guys are in great form, the script is well done, and the bits of business are plentiful and satisfying. Plus, Laurel and Hardy get an opportunity to expand their repertoire with a hilarious performance of the song "On The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" as well as an absolutely charming little dance routine to the song "At The Ball That's All".If you see only one L & H feature film, this is the one. If TCM shows it at a time you can't see it, record it and watch it later, it's that good.Totally A
way out west
- kevin sellers
I completely agree with the previous reviewer. Inspired physical comedy and some good zingers from Laurel, who apparently wrote his own gags. (i.e. when he gives the gold mine deed to the scheming Sharon Lynne and adds, "I know you'll be a good gold digger") There's also some raunchy stuff that looks like it escaped the beady eyes of the Hays Office, such as the scene in the stagecoach when L and H creepily come on to an ample matron, and the bed tussle over the deed between Laurel and Lynne which turns kinda kinky as Laurel starts to laugh hysterically as Lynne fondles him looking for the paper. It's not quite as hilarious as ol W.C. at his best, but it comes awfully close. And it's better than the Marx Brothers 'cause there's no lame Chico stuff or boring ingenues to drain away the laughs. Let's give it an A minus. P.S. I dare even the biggest manic depressive not to crack a smile when that mule is jerked up to the balcony.
Laurel and Hardy At Their Best
This is just about as good as Laurel and Hardy get. There might be a few short films of theirs which might be funnier, but this film showcases the different areas of their talents. There is plenty of pantomime and funny reactions from both Stan and Ollie, as well as from their wonderful co-star, James Finlayson, but there's more than that. This film also shows that L&H were adept at funny dialogue as well (something often overlooked about them). Also, they perform a silly dance which is quite memorable and delightful. Later, they even sing a song, in the silly way that only Laurel and Hardy could do, complete with Hardy's classic reactions to Laurel. The two carry the film through quiet scenes where they are the only people onscreen, and they carry the scenes well when they interact with other actors. The scene where they fight over the deed to the mine (four people in one small room) is a wonderful example of coordinated physical comedy, where everyone interacts as well as if it were a fully choreographed dance number. Laurel and Hardy show that they are fully in their element when performing slapstick and also when doing much "quieter" comedy, where the anticipation of the gag is almost as funny as the gag itself. They set themselves up for disaster time and time again, bulding the humor, and then when things go wrong, we have a very funny "payoff". Their timing throughout this film is perfect. Sit back and watch great comedy performances in this delightful film.
Way Out West
- Mark Sutch
A Fast-Paced Comical Western Frolick.
- Frank Harris Horn
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy star in this rip-roaring Western-comedy, which Stan co-produced with Hal Roach. One of their best full-length features. Stan and Ollie, once again, get themselves into "another fine mess", as they play a pair of half-witted prospectors, who head for a Western town to deliver a gold mine deed to a beautiful saloon waitress (Rosina Lawrence). However, their old rival, James Finlayson plays a crooked saloon keeper, who tricks them into delivering the deed to the wrong girl (Sharon Lynne). One of the movie's best highlights is when the boys perform a wonderful soft-shoe dance number to the music of Chill Wills and the Avalon Boys Quartet. With Stanley Fields, Vivien Oakland & Mary Gordon.