You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Way Out West

Manner in which this comedy falters and stumbles along is probably due both to formula direction and scripting. Three are credited with the scenario and two [Jack Jevne and Charles Rogers] for the original story. Seemingly too many took a hand; plot reads that way.

With:
Stan Laurel Oliver Hardy Sharon Lynn James Finlayson Stanley Fields Vivian Oakland

Manner in which this comedy falters and stumbles along is probably due both to formula direction and scripting. Three are credited with the scenario and two [Jack Jevne and Charles Rogers] for the original story. Seemingly too many took a hand; plot reads that way.

In general pattern the Laurel & Hardy entry follows closely the old methods used on their feature shorts. There’s too much driving home of gags.

They sing and dance in this one, both to neat returns. The two boys are commissioned to deliver a deed to a gold mine. They find out, after handing it over, that the valuable paper has been given to the wrong girl. Hence, the mad race to readjust matters. On this thin framework hang all of the quips. And Oliver Hardy falls into a pool of water for the third time as the eventual fadeout arrives.

James Finlayson again is cast as villain-straight man, which further slows up the action. Rosina Lawrence, heroine who’s supposed to inherit the gold mine, appears only for fleeting glimpses.

1937: Nomination: Best Score

Way Out West

Production: M-G-M. Director James W. Horne; Producer Hal Roach, Stan Laurel; Screenplay Charles Rogers, Felix Adler, James Parrott; Camera Art Lloyd, Walter Lundin; Editor Bert Jordan; Music Marvin Hatley (dir.); Art Director Arthur I. Royce

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1937. Running time: 64 MIN.

With: Stan Laurel Oliver Hardy Sharon Lynn James Finlayson Stanley Fields Vivian Oakland

More Film

  • ITV Studios Global Ent. To Handle

    ITV Studios Global Ent. To Handle Movistar+ Original 'Felix'

    Manner in which this comedy falters and stumbles along is probably due both to formula direction and scripting. Three are credited with the scenario and two [Jack Jevne and Charles Rogers] for the original story. Seemingly too many took a hand; plot reads that way. In general pattern the Laurel & Hardy entry follows closely […]

  • Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite

    Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite Singapore Media Festival

    Manner in which this comedy falters and stumbles along is probably due both to formula direction and scripting. Three are credited with the scenario and two [Jack Jevne and Charles Rogers] for the original story. Seemingly too many took a hand; plot reads that way. In general pattern the Laurel & Hardy entry follows closely […]

  • SGIFF: Anup Singh Readies Third Film

    Singapore: ‘Scorpions’ Director Readies Third Film With Irrfan Khan (EXCLUSIVE) 

    Manner in which this comedy falters and stumbles along is probably due both to formula direction and scripting. Three are credited with the scenario and two [Jack Jevne and Charles Rogers] for the original story. Seemingly too many took a hand; plot reads that way. In general pattern the Laurel & Hardy entry follows closely […]

  • Canal Plus

    Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti's 'Hippocrate' Medical Series

    Manner in which this comedy falters and stumbles along is probably due both to formula direction and scripting. Three are credited with the scenario and two [Jack Jevne and Charles Rogers] for the original story. Seemingly too many took a hand; plot reads that way. In general pattern the Laurel & Hardy entry follows closely […]

  • A Profile of Argentine Fantasy Genre

    Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise -- Demián Rugna

    Manner in which this comedy falters and stumbles along is probably due both to formula direction and scripting. Three are credited with the scenario and two [Jack Jevne and Charles Rogers] for the original story. Seemingly too many took a hand; plot reads that way. In general pattern the Laurel & Hardy entry follows closely […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content