Angora Love (1929)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture, Slapstick  |   Run Time - 21 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Janiss Garza

Even though sound films had become the norm by December 1929 when this silent Laurel and Hardy two-reeler was released, the picture was nevertheless received enthusiastically. And no wonder -- like all good films by the duo, dialogue isn't really necessary to inspire big laughs. (The film certainly does benefit from some great title cards, however -- near the beginning, Oliver Hardy chastises Stan Laurel by harrumphing, "Leave it to you to spend our last dime on pastry with a hole in it!"). The trouble begins when Stan feeds the wandering goat part of a donut and she becomes his devoted pal. Edgar Kennedy and Charlie Hall -- two Laurel and Hardy foils who specialize in big tempers -- support the pair well, Kennedy especially as the angry landlord. (In the sound remake, Laughing Gravy, Hall would take over the landlord role and make Laurel and Hardy's lives just as miserable as Kennedy did). Although this comedy doesn't rank at the very top of Laurel and Hardy's best silents (think Big Business and Two Tars), it certainly comes close.