Wrong Again (1929)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors, Farce, Slapstick  |   Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Janiss Garza

This was one of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's last silent films, and one of their most original. Director Leo McCarey claims he came up with the premise in a dentist's office -- while his teeth were being worked on, he saw a reproduction of Gainsborough's Big Boy on the wall and it inspired the storyline. The concept fits right in with Laurel and Hardy's personas -- only they would be dumb enough to mix up a horse with a painting. Once they bring the steed to the home of the millionaire (played by actor and early silent director Dell Henderson), the film really hits its stride. The horse proves to be a nice comic foil for the boys, chasing after them because they're carrying a tasty bouquet of flowers, repeatedly knocking off Laurel's hat and patiently standing on the piano while Stan uses Ollie's head as a piano leg. One of the most sublime moments is when Hardy explains to Laurel that rich people are nuts -- Stan adopts llie's little hand gesture, which is repeated at several humorous moments. Although it's outdone by Two Tars and Big Business (two of the best comedy shorts ever made, sound or silent), Wrong Again is a must-see for anyone who loves to laugh.