Should Tall Men Marry? (1927)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy Western  |  
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This Hal Roach two-reeler was comedian Stan Laurel's last film as a solo player (all his films after this one would be with Oliver Hardy). Although it's not particularly distinguished, it has an interesting background. Initially, the script was titled Why Cowboys Leave Home, and Hardy was to be cast in the part that eventually went to Stan. But Roach decided that instead of Hardy, Eugene Pallette should get the role. The film was directed by Louis J. Gasnier and premiered as Cowboys Cry for It. Roach was not happy with the result and Clyde Bruckman was called in to direct retakes with Laurel taking over Pallette's role. The story is typical cowboy stuff, turned into a comedy. Ranch owner Joe Skittle (James Finlayson) has a pretty daughter, Martha (Martha Sleeper). The villainous Snake-Tail Sharkey (Stuart Holmes) wants to marry Martha and gain control of the ranch, but Martha loves Teddy, a shy ranch hand (Theodore Von Eltz). Another ranch hand, Texas Tommy (Laurel), helps Teddy out by teaching him how to make love to Martha (Tommy uses a calf, instead of a woman, for show and tell). Sharkey tries to kidnap Martha when she turns him down but Skittle and Tommy come to the rescue. The bad guys are rounded up and Teddy and Martha end the film together.