Way Out West (1937)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Release Date - Apr 16, 1937 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Richard Gilliam

Way Out West is a classic example of why the films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have retained their popularity. Laurel & Hardy fans often enjoy debating whether Way Out West or Sons of the Desert is the pair's best feature film. Whichever you prefer, both are among the funniest films of their era. The plot deftly mocks many of the motifs of the Old West, centering on the efforts of crooks to gain the deed to a gold mine. In the middle of everything are the two stars, who each give delightfully amusing performances. Also of note are director James Horne's efficient pacing, and the Oscar-nominated original music score by Laurel & Hardy veteran Marvin Hatley.