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WAY OUT WEST (1937) ** ½

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy go into a western town to give a deed to a gold mine to a PYT.  The duo mistakenly hands it over to a scheming floozy whose saloon owner husband is crooked as all get out.  Once Stan and Ollie realize their error, they set out to return the deed to its rightful owner. 


I’m not as familiar with Laurel and Hardy as I am with other comedy teams of the era.  (The only other film of theirs I’ve seen was Babes in Toyland.)  I like slapstick a lot but I think their brand of comedy is a little too gentle for my tastes.  I mean when The Three Stooges do slapstick, they really SLAP each other.  Laurel and Hardy’s physical comedy is OK, but it’s nothing compared to Larry, Moe, and Curly. 


Way Out West is kinda scattershot but it hits just about as much as it misses.  There’s still enough funny stuff here to make me want to see more of the team’s movies.  I liked their little dance they did together and there’s a pretty good running gag where Stan is able to light his thumb on fire.  I think the funniest part is when they try to sneak inside the villain’s house and inadvertently send a donkey flying through his second story window. The flick might have even gotten Three Stars if it didn’t have so much goddamn singing.


Way Out West is still funny enough to put it on The Video Vacuum Top Ten Films of the Year 1937 at the Number 5 spot.

Tags: comedy, w, western

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