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March Of The Wooden Soldiers (DVD)

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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1934 / Director: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers / Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy ... / DVD released 22 October, 2007 at Pickwick / Features of the DVD: Black & White, PAL

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      15.11.2011 13:46
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      YOU WILL LOVE IT.

      Laurel and Hardy -
      March Of The Wooden Soldiers ( a.k.a. Babes In Toyland)
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      The Boys:
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      Stan Laurel (June 16 1890 - February 23 1965).
      Real name Arthur Stanley Jefferson.
      Stan was born in Lancashire but toured with Charlie Chaplin and hence on one tour ended up in America. He had 'Arrived'

      Oliver Hardy (January 18 1892 - August 7 1957).
      Real name Norvell Hardy.
      Ollie was born in Harlem, Georgia and his mother was apparently responsible for him going into theatre. Right from early childhood Ollie had a beautiful singing voice.
      Soon the two would meet.
      They first appeared together in a silent movie called 'Slipping Wives' in 1927.

      The rest is history.

      ~Introduction~
      =========
      Stan and Ollie play, well, tweedle dum and tweedle dee in this wonderfully funny and child friendly movie.
      Also played are Bo peep, Tom Tom the Pipers Son, Mary Mary quite contrary, Mother Goose, Little Boy Blue, The Toymaker, And the Evil Silas and his 'Baddies', namely the Bogeymen.

      ~The Movie~
      =========
      The old woman who lives in a shoe is under threat of eviction from the Evil Silas and his Bogeymen. But he will let her stay there if she agrees to her daughter marrying him !
      Her daughter, Bo Peep, is however in love with Tom Tom the Pipers son.
      Widow Peep takes in lodgers to raise the cash to keep her landlord away.
      Enter our heros Stan and Ollie as Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee.

      I won't tell you anymore of the plot, its not that difficult to see where it goes.


      ~Opinions~
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      A superb and memorable film from the magnificent Stan and Ollie.
      The jokes and slapstick are a cut above their usual and that's saying something. The bad guys, Silas and his Bogeymen are over the top and you can imagine people in the theatre 'boo-ing' them loudly every time they made an appearance.
      There are tricks and double crosses along the way which are done clevery and subtley.
      When the bogeymen and the monsters are unleashed to desroy Toyland it is actually hilarious rather than frightening.

      Made in 1934.
      Runtime: 77 minutes

      ~Cast~
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      Stan Laurel - Stannie Dum
      Oliver Hardy - Ollie Dee
      Henry Brandon - The Evil Silas
      Florence Roberts - Mother Widow Peep
      Charlotte Henry - Little Bo-Peep
      Felix Knight - Tom-Tom Piper
      Virginia Karns - Mother Goose
      Marie Wilson - Mary Quite Contrary
      Johnny Downs - Little Boy Blue

      Here we find their usual brand of 'Cartoon Humour' where no one actually gets hurt but it all looks very painful.
      A wonderfully inventive and fun packed film. They employ every trick they have learned over their careers and put it to great use in this short film.

      Its laurel and hardy at their best, funny and slow burning humour that builds and builds to a hilariously funny ending.
      Lots of their prat falls, slaps and gags packed into this little gem of a film.
      Various traits they would use would be to pick a fight with a 'stooge' or 'Neighbour' and then slowly escalate the fight. Each destroying something of the other persons and each time smashing something bigger and louder. Until finally it would end in either the police appearing or a huge brawl.

      Such as ripping each others pants off or a huge chaotic cream pie fight.
      Stan may appear at time to be getting picked on by Ollie but if Ollie took it too far Stan would snap and then Ollie had better look out.

      Greg.

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