• stuartinnes

    ★★★★

    Seen as part of a quadrulple bill of Laurel & Hardy silent two-reelers, with live piano accompaniment.

    Do Detectives Think (1927). More visually daring than the other shorts seen here, the film also has higher stakes (Stan & Ollie are bodyguards protecting a judge from an escaped murderer who's vowed to kill him) and is, all-in-all, a pretty pacy affair that gets increasingly farcical as it goes on. Good stuff.

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  • Brian Rowe

    ★★★½

    The first L&H comedy that screams greatness, and the first that starts to show the great chemistry they share together. Some great moments here, especially the bit with Laurel losing his hat in a graveyard and having to retrieve it. Very funny throughout. This is their first true film together as a team, and their chemistry is already palpable.

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  • Karelle

    ★★½

    J'aurais quand même pu mettre une demi étoile de plus pour Laurel décapité qui s'enfuit dans la maison. Malgré le macabre intense de la blague (il retrouve par ailleurs sa tête un peu plus tard...), c'était le meilleur moment d'un court-métrage somme toute assez poche.

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  • NSlater90

    ★★★½

    Again, nostalgia playing a big part in this, but there's something really satisfying about their brand of physical comedy.

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  • chrissweet1967

    ★★★½

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  • John Tandlich

    ★★★

    Silent short film with Laurel and Hardy as inept detectives hired to protect a judge from an escaped convict. The scene in the mansion is somewhat amusing, but the graveyard scene was lasted longer than necessary.

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  • John Greco

    ★★★

    Early Laurel and Hardy short with Jimmy Fiinlayson as a Judge who hires the boys to protect him after a prisoner he sentenced escapes swearing to kill him. You can tell the boys on screen personalities are not fully formed yet. They are still working it out. The film is worth seeing as a work in progress and for the somewhat expressionistic graveyard scenes.

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  • Silversaxophone

    ★★★½

    Stan proves himself 'the second worst detective of all time' by catching the criminal, while Ollie proves the worst by ending up handcuffed in a closet with the crim. A firm storyline provides structure and opportunities for basic characterisation and the slapstick. The central theme is the consequences of fear, with all the characters in a constant state of panic, especially Stan who in one funny sequence shows he's literally scared of his own shadow. This is the first time…

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