Friday, September 9, 2011

Laurel and Hardy Saturdays

I should have noticed last week that TCM has started showing two-reelers starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy on Saturday mornings. Last week saw the classic The Music Box; this week brings us Towed in a Hole at 9:00 AM Saturday. Being a two-reeler, there's not much of a plot. Stan and Ollie play a pair of fish mongers, when Stan gets the idea that perhaps they could make more money if they went out and caught the fish themselves before selling them. So they buy a boat that's a fixer-upper, only to discover that's a huge mistake. The boat they get makes the Minnow from Gilligan's Island look like a luxury liner. But it gives Stan and Ollie a lot of opportunities for their physical humor, and is worth watching, since it doesn't even run half an hour.

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