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Two Tars (1928) - Laurel and Hardy
« on: May 02, 2015, 05:08:55 PM »
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  • http://www.lordheath.com/index.php?p=1_164_Two-Tars
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019504/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
    http://www.laurelandhardycentral.com/twotars.html

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ_JZBCkqvA

    Watch TWO TARS in the link above



          TWO TARS has the reputation as being one of Laurel and Hardy's greatest silent films.  My opinion is that there are a few flaws, but what's great about this film so far outweighs the flaws that I'm giving this thing a 10 anyway.  The flaw, in my eyes, is that Laurel and Hardy are not quite as likable as usual.  They almost take glee in the destruction they cause here, which can be witnessed by their reactions as the parade of damaged cars go by in the traffic jam.  Usually, the destruction in their films comes from incompetence or justifiable anger, here it's done with joy!  It's an adventure to them.  OK, so Stan and Ollie are more likable, at least to me, in other movies, but they're still pretty damn funny here anyway.  Oliver pantomiming to Stan how to drive is one of those beautiful moments where anybody knowing the talkies will again picture exactly what Ollie sounds like here.  The facial expressions as they meet the two girls in the car are also priceless, probably the two best faces in comedy here.  The girls themselves feel like props for the boys to impress and bring out their more vulgar tendencies (stealing gum balls, driving against traffic).

          Ah, but there is traffic scene itself, a slapstick masterpiece.  This plays out like how many ways can people destroy each other's cars.  It goes on and on and never gets old.  My favorite bits would be the guy getting pushed so hard into a car it cause the car to topple on its side, Stan and Ollie each taking a front tire of another car and tearing the tires off simultaneously, Ruby Blaine spraying the oil in the other woman's face, and Edgar Kennedy falling on top of the side step of his car, causing it to fall. That to me is funny because others have just caused destruction to his car, so Edgar falls in frustration, only to cause more damage himself.  The cop getting involved just makes things funnier.  The already mentioned line of destruction going by is quite a sight, and when the cop orders all the other cars to go after Stan and Ollie, things get even funnier.  Stan and Ollie, dumb as they are, drive onto train tracks in a tunnel where a train heads in their direction. The other cars blindly follow them, and the sight of all those cars going in reverse out of the tunnel is a joy.  When people say the great era of slapstick is the silent era, this is the kind of thing that's being referred to.  There is some visual slapstick comedy that's so thrilling I've never seen it topped in any talkie. 

          There are better films for Stan and Ollie character wise, but slapstick wise, this one is one of the greats.  You like traffic jams in comedy?  You like slapstick?  Enjoy.

    10/10


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    Re: Two Tars (1928) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #1 on: May 04, 2015, 04:27:09 PM »
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  • Wow, an all-time great L&H and an all-time great Stooges.  Not going to be too many weeks like this.

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    Re: Two Tars (1928) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #2 on: May 09, 2015, 03:58:35 PM »
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  • I like ending fight.

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    Re: Two Tars (1928) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #3 on: June 24, 2015, 07:04:49 PM »
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  • This one gets a 10/10.  It's very similar in concept to BIG BUSINESS, but the destruction goes to new levels here.  Stan is much better at being the wrathful humorist than Ollie.  They did a great job with the corny effects, and it was fun to watch the cop get belted to smithereens.

    The opening scenes were precious, but the flippancy the boys display as they wreak havoc is previous.  Here they are more-or-less over-grown manchildren.

    You have made for yourself a new L&H fan.  I have to get caught up.
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    Re: Two Tars (1928) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #4 on: June 24, 2015, 07:48:30 PM »
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  • This one gets a 10/10.  It's very similar in concept to BIG BUSINESS, but the destruction goes to new levels here.  Stan is much better at being the wrathful humorist than Ollie.  They did a great job with the corny effects, and it was fun to watch the cop get belted to smithereens.

    The opening scenes were precious, but the flippancy the boys display as they wreak havoc is previous.  Here they are more-or-less over-grown manchildren.

    You have made for yourself a new L&H fan.  I have to get caught up.

    Really happy you're into these.  Here are a few DVD suggestions.

    If you have a region 2 (Europe) or region free DVD player, below is the motherload, silents and talkies, 21 DVDs.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Laurel-Hardy-Collection-21-disc-Box/dp/B0001K2KE8/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1435192695&sr=1-1&keywords=Laurel+and+Hardy

    If you have a region 1 (U.S.) DVD player, below is a 10 DVD set of maybe 95% of their Hal Roach talkies.  This is what I have, 10 DVD's.

    http://www.amazon.com/Laurel-Hardy-Essential-Collection-Stan/dp/B005BYBZKY/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1435192976&sr=1-1&keywords=laurel+and+hardy

    As far as region 1 silents, they are spread across nine different fairly pricey DVD's along with other silent shorts in a series called THE LOST FILMS OF LAUREL AND HARDY.  I have these, though it would be nice if a cheaper set with all the silents was made.


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    Re: Two Tars (1928) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017, 05:54:54 PM »
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  • There isn't too much for me to say about this one. It's a pure slapstick fest at its finest. The various ways that people can destroy each others cars as well as hurting each other is very fun and the whole traffic scene itself is the short's main selling point. Prior to that, we do have a fairly amusing scene with Laurel, Hardy, and a shop owner who they briefly get into a fight with, but otherwise there's not much else to it. With a short like this, though, I couldn't ask for much more than that.

    Regarding Laurel and Hardy's personalities, I had always kind of assumed that Laurel, Hardy, and their dates were drunk. When it cut to them at the traffic site, it seemed as though they had been partying all day and the fact that they had swapped hats with their dates led me to thinking they had drank a little too much. Regardless, this is a short that needs to be seen to be believed. It's a very visually appealing film, which is a good thing especially considering that it's silent.

    10 out of 10