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The Hoose-Gow (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 16 November 1929 (USA)
Stanley and Oliver protest that they were only bystanders to the raid, but are hauled off to a prison labor camp anyway. They procede with their usual mayhem, Stanley getting his pick stuck... See full summary »

Director:

James Parrott

Writer:

H.M. Walker (story editor)
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Stanley and Oliver protest that they were only bystanders to the raid, but are hauled off to a prison labor camp anyway. They procede with their usual mayhem, Stanley getting his pick stuck in Oliver's coat, Oliver chopping down a tree which just happens to contain the guard lookout post. When the Governor's party happens by, Oliver accidentally pokes a hole in his car's radiator, then attempts to stop the leak by filling the radiator with rice. The result is melee with all involved throwing clumps of soggy rice at each other. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Neither Mr. Laurel nor Mr. Hardy had any thoughts of doing wrong. As a matter of fact, they had no thoughts of any kind.

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Derrière les barreaux See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was filmed before Laurel Hardy adopted "The Cukoos" as their theme song, and like several others, had a popular song played during the credits. This one featured "Ain't She Sweet". Re-issues would replace it with their more familiar theme. See more »

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At the end of the film the car backs into the truck, just before the impact two barrels of whitewash tip over. See more »

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There is also a colorized version. See more »

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Featured in The Crazy World of Laurel and Hardy (1966) See more »

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The Hoose-gow. A step in the right direction.
22 November 2011 | by hausrathmanSee all my reviews

Despite their protestations of innocence, Laurel and Hardy find themselves on a prison working on a prison road crew where they make a shambles of an inspection visit by the governor.

"The Hoose-gow" was Laurel & Hardy's sixth talkie short and a step in the right direction in recovering the energy and verve of their best silent shorts. Shot almost entirely outdoors, this film doesn't have the claustrophobic, studio-bound feel that hindered some of their earlier talkies. The sound mix must have had some level of sophistication. Look at some of the road crew scenes. The wind is whipping up the branches on some of bushes right behind them. With the microphones of the time, that dialogue must've been unusable. The dubbing was fine.

The plot of the film is simple but serviceable. Nothing new, but nice. It works its way to a nice, rice throwing battle, which, if not on the level of "Two Tars" or "Big Business," is certainly adequate. The supporting cast is good, featuring the always reliable Tiny Sanford and James Finlayson.

Not a classic, but worth watching. Up to this point, their best talkie with the possible exception of "Men O'War."


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