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The Battle of the Century (1927)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 31 December 1927 (USA)
Fight manager (Hardy) takes out an insurance policy on his puny pugilist (Laurel) and then proceeds to try to arrange for an accident so that he can collect. When a pie delivery man (Hall) ... See full summary »

Director:

Clyde Bruckman

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stanley
Oliver Hardy ... Manager
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Fight manager (Hardy) takes out an insurance policy on his puny pugilist (Laurel) and then proceeds to try to arrange for an accident so that he can collect. When a pie delivery man (Hall) slips on a banana peel, meant for the fighter, a classic pie throwing scene results. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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The comedy that you've read about, heard about, and waited for. (Print Ad- Eugene Register-Guard, ((Eugene, Ore.)) 30 January 1928)

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Short | Comedy

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Trivia

In part of a letter written by Stan to Sam Rubin dated 5th October 1963 Stan says 'The pies were generally whipped cream but in Battle of the Century film we used 4,000 pies and they were actually real pies (filing et al) and were supplied by the Los Angeles Pie Company. A fresh wagon load was delivered to the studio set each day of shooting that sequence'. See more »

Goofs

A hand of the prop man who throws a pie in the face of a man who is about to have his photo taken. See more »

Connections

Edited into Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's (1965) See more »

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Very Funny Even in Fragmented Form
18 February 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

In its original form, this was probably one of the best of all of the Laurel & Hardy short comedies. It's too bad that it no longer exists in complete form, but what remains is still very entertaining. It has an even better variety of gag material than usual, with excellent timing and a good supporting cast to help out. The prize fight sequence is a hilarious take-off on the controversial Dempsey-Tunney fight that at the time was still fresh in everybody's mind. The pie fight sequence is still as good as or better than the many attempts to imitate it. It combines escalating chaos with plenty of creative gags. The now-missing portions of the film seem to have tied everything else together very nicely. The Nostalgia Archive reconstruction at least gives you some idea of what it would have been like in its original form, by using the continuity scripts. And even in the fragmented form that remains, it's very funny.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alles in Schlagsahne See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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