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Laurel and Hardy's first proper feature together but not one I am fond of, at least of the 70-minute version available on DVD (little information available regarding the shorter cuts). Separate from the fact that modern viewers would most likely find a few scenes distinctly unfunny the film feels in need of a good trim, my aim here was to take the feature and edit it down into a hopefully more enjoyable short.

Work in progress cut is about 35 minutes long, featuring both minor and significant deletions including:

  • 15-odd minutes after they are put in solitary confinement, L&H no longer escape and hide out in disguise
  • The "Farm in Michigan" song
  • The scene with the dentist (this sort of thing makes me wince)
  • The scenes where L&H are suspected of informing
  • The empty promise of a fancy dinner and subsequent disappointment
  • The warden's daughter scenes (variably included on older cuts of the film)
 

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Have done a little more cutting, the rather long sequence of Stan fumbling around on the bunk bed has now been shortened by more than a minute.

Still may need a little more work though, and want to see if I can do anything to make the image better. If anybody is interested in seeing the current version though I would be happy to hear any feedback before submission, this may be the most drastic edit I have attempted so far!

Reduced from ~70 mins to ~34:30 (once slowed down from PAL 25 FPS to 24 FPS).
 
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Have done a little more cutting, the rather long sequence of Stan fumbling around on the bunk bed has now been shortened by more than a minute.

Still may need a little more work though, and want to see if I can do anything to make the image better. If anybody is interested in seeing the current version though I would be happy to hear any feedback before submission, this may be the most drastic edit I have attempted so far!

Reduced from ~70 mins to ~34:30 (once slowed down from PAL 25 FPS to 24 FPS).
I'd love to take look at this! (Though you'll likely want to kill me - I still have several of your edits, along with other people's, awaiting a watch).

 

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Completed and submitted, a few more minor changes made and now coming in at just over 38 minutes.
 
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