Well, I’m going to have to disagree on this short, because I really liked it. Strangely, my problem with this short is the beginning. Not that it’s awful, but the stuff with Laurel, Hardy, and the paper in the office just comes across as kind of slow and tedious to me. The bit with the car is funny enough, even if it’s not as good as in PERFECT DAY.
When it gets to Edgar Kennedy’s house, I actually found it to be very funny. There’s a lot of energy from the three as Laurel and Hardy attempt to give Kennedy the paper and Kennedy attempts to escape. One thing I love is when they try to use the supposedly tough dog to their advantage, only for the dog to run away from a fake. It ends in a pretty funny line from Hardy.
Even after they give Kennedy the paper, though, they still have to get the radio from him. They steal a ladder from someone, resulting in him falling off the building he’s working on, and Laurel and Hardy have their own struggles with the ladder, which I really like. It’s done for just the right amount of time so that it doesn’t get stale. By this point, Kennedy has gone insane and tries to shoot Laurel and Hardy, building up the intensity. Then, of course, there’s the ending. The radio and the car both getting destroyed make for some funny final sight gags, and Laurel, Hardy, and Kennedy’s reactions also help.
It’s not a perfect short, but I still really enjoyed it.
9 out of 10