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45 Minutes from Hollywood1926

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A country boy (Glenn Tryon) arrives in Hollywood and encounters a strange collection of characters, including a clueless hotel detective (Oliver Hardy) and a cross-dressing thief (Stan Laurel). This is Laurel and Hardy's first collaboration under Hal Roach.

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Sure the plot makes no sense and the film ends in no meaningful way, but this is a lot of fun in the classic silent slapstick style. Hollywood loved making films about itself in this era (well, always really) and this one about some yokels coming to Hollywood to pay off a debt and then getting caught up with a crossdressing bank robber played by Stan Laurel and a hotel detective played by Oliver Hardy is pretty good. Some fun effects as well, including an animated cat and angled camera on a bicycle ride.

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This was Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's first onscreen collaboration at the Hal Roach Studios; oddly, they don't appear in a single shot together. The description of this film contains an error: Stan, made up to resemble James Finlayson, plays the starving actor (he is correctly identified in the cast list). The actor playing the bank robber in female disguise is apparently yet to be identified. Glenn Tryon is OK, but not remarkable, as the Harold Lloyd-like lead. Babe Hardy steals several scenes as the flustered hotel detective. Frequent Laurel and Hardy foils Stanley Sandford and (in a photograph) Vivien Oakland make early appearances here. Theda Bara also makes an appearance, courtesy of an outtake from another Hal Roach comedy, MADAME MYSTERY. There are plenty of funny moments, but this film gives just an inkling of the great things soon to come from Laurel and Hardy.