Liberty (1929)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Laurel and Hardy short film has a thin plot but plenty of laughs. The two have escaped from prison, but the guards are hot on their tail. Some confederates pick them up, and Stan and Ollie change out of their prison uniforms in the car while a motorcycle policeman pursues them. In their haste, they put on the wrong pants, but they manage to elude the police. For most of the rest of the film, they try to find a inconspicuous place to switch their pants. Future star Jean Harlow has an early bit part as a lady who attempts to enter a taxi while the boys are without trousers. They finally get their pants switched, but find themselves on a construction elevator which takes them up to the top of a skyscraper. Now, they have to find their way back down to the ground without falling.

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clothes, prison-escape, skyscraper, fugitive, on-the-run