Film Review – HOG WILD (1930)

HOG WILD (1930, USA) ****
Comedy
dist. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (USA), Jury Metro-Goldwyn (UK); pr co. Hal Roach Studios; d. James Parrott; w. H.M. Walker (dialogue) (based on a story by Stan Laurel and Leo McCarey (uncredited)); pr. Hal Roach (uncredited); ph. George Stevens (B&W. 35mm. Spherical. 1.37:1); m. md. Marvin Hatley; ed. Richard C. Currier; rel. 31 May 1930 (USA), 25 August 1930 (UK); BBFC cert: U; r/t. 19m.
cast: Stan Laurel (Stan), Oliver Hardy (Ollie), Dorothy Granger (Tillie – The Hardys’ Maid / Girl Lifting Her Skirt by Puddle (uncredited)), Fay Holderness (Mrs. Hardy (uncredited)), Charles McMurphy (Streetcar Conductor (uncredited)).
Vintage Laurel & Hardy short in which Mrs. Hardy insists that Oliver mount the radio aerial on the roof before he goes off gallivanting with his friend Stanley. Inventive slapstick sight gags abound, not least the hilarious closing gag involving L&H’s car becoming sandwiched between trams. Original UK title: AERIAL ANTICS.

Film Review – THE CASE OF THE MUKKINESE BATTLE-HORN (1956)


Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn, The
(1956, UK, B&W, 29m) ∗∗∗½  d. Joseph Sterling; w. Harry Booth, Jon Penington, Larry Stephens, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers; ph. Gerald Gibbs; m. Edwin Astley.  Cast: Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Dick Emery, Pamela Thomas, Bill Hepper, Wally Thomas.  A pair of detectives from Scotland Yard are assigned to look into the disappearance of the Mukkinese Battle Horn, a ninth-century artefact, from the Metropolitan Museum. Engagingly silly comedy with some genuinely funny gags amongst the misfires. This short is a good example of the free-spirited and surreal approach to comedy the Goons adopted in the 1950s. Emery works well with Milligan and Sellers, who also bring in some of their well-known characters from their ground-breaking radio show. Emery replaced Harry Secombe, who was too expensive for the film’s low budget. [U]