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Oh man. HOG WILD. I think the highest compliment one can pay a comedy is to say it made them laugh. Well, I just watched HOG WILD, and I laughed like a friggin' lunatic. I laughed so hard and so often I was afraid the neighbors would call the cops. OK, OK, I'm sure the medicinal glass of red wine I was and am still currently partaking in added to my jovial mood, but even without my prescription, I feel I would have laughed just the same. This is one funny film.
HOG WILD starts out with a hysterical scene involving Ollie asking his wife where his hat is, screaming like a lunatic, when the hat's on his head the whole time. The look on his wife's face, played by Fay Holderness, is absolutely priceless as he initially asks this. If you click the www.lordheath.com
link above, the exact shot is pictured in the casting picture. A very funny scene, showing Oliver's stubbornness to admit any wrong doing. Extra funny because I know people like that. There is one great moment where Ollie breaks the fourth wall and sheepishly smiles to the camera after knowing the hat is on his head. He admits his mistake to us, but not his wife.
Next we we Stan driving down the road with this most vacant look on his face, reminiscent of Harry Langdon. Eventually he checks out some girl hiking up her dress to avoid a puddle, the distraction almost causing a car accident. The fact a guy with such a blank expression could have the virility to appreciate a pair of legs is funny in itself. The stunt legs, by the way, belong to Dorothy Granger of PUNCH DRUNKS, also the maid in this film.
As for the rest of this film? Stan and Ollie try to set up a radio on a roof the same way the Stooges set up a TV in GOOF ON THE ROOF. Just imagine a higher budget, more natural surroundings, and a team just entering their prime as opposed to a team making arguably their last great moment. It's all pure slapstick from here. Lots of falling off the roof, lots of comic screams which are the best in the business, and lots of destruction. The ladder on the car gag is unquestionably one of the great sight gags in all of film comedy history. There's nothing more to say, it's slapstick/physical comedy employing the perfect combination of destructive gags and the right comedians.
Bottom line is this - one of the funniest movies ever made. If you watch this movie and still don't like Laurel and Hardy, simply don't bother anymore, they're not for you. Now excuse me, the DVD set has not one, but two audio commentaries, I shall finish my wine and listen to them.