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Laurel & Hardy Volume 17 - Swiss Miss/Animal Shorts [DVD]

Stan Laurel , Oliver Hardy    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2004
  • Run Time: 202 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001K2KCK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,108 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


More classic comedy for Laurel and Hardy with animals as the theme. In 'Swiss Miss' Stan and Ollie visit Switzerland with the idea of making money by selling mousetraps. However, they find themselves working in a hotel to pay off the bill they have accumulated. This film features the memorable scene where they are taking a piano over a rope bridge and come face to face with an escaped gorilla! 'The Chimp' features an ape called Ethel while 'Flying Elephants' is a stone-age story features large creatures of an entirely different kind.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars miss adventure 27 Sep 2006
The main feature here is nowhere near L&H at their best; it sees them in a period of transition, looking for a wider appeal via pointless musical numbers, pointless romance and pointless interaction with animals. `I've seen the seven wonders of the world and yet / I can't get over the Alps!' They don't write `em like that any more. The boys' personae and routines are becoming more childish, leaving behind the bleak realistic world of their Depression films.
Nevertheless I like it, full as it is of endearing oddments like the St Bernard `rescue' scene and Ollie's tuba-accompanied serenade `Let Me Call You Sweetheart' (the chimp & piano set piece, though, is frankly tedious). If you're a fan, you'll enjoy it.

The shorts are nothing wonderful either - in fact `Flying Elephants' is not really a Laurel & Hardy film at all, but a prehistoric oddity filled with seductive flappers in cavegirl costume. At this price, though, you can't really grumble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laurel & Hardy - Volume 17 - Swiss Miss 21 Aug 2006
Firstly, this is my first review of one of these DVDs. I have quite a few from this 21-disc collection released by Universal in 2004, and I'd like to begin this review by saying that they represent excellent value for money, providing anything between 3 and 9 films on each DVD, along with a well-made booklet detailing various aspects of production of each film.

Swiss Miss, the main feature on this DVD, is the only film I've seen of Laurel & Hardy's to have a noted supporting cast. The composer was in two of the Marx Brother's films as a villain (A Night at the Opera, and Go West, both of which I highly recommend), and the valet to the composer had a similar role in some of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' films.

The film itself is about a composer trying to distance himself from his wife so he can work and the wife's efforts (with help from two unwitting individuals) to try and bring new life to her relationship with her husband, all the while causing the local chef and Ollie to think she is madly in love with them, leading to some comic rivalry! The film, while not having such a strong story as say, Way Out West, does feature some brilliant set-pieces! Stan trying to steal booze from a St Bernard is priceless, and when they try to carry a piano across a rickety old rope-bridge only to be confronted by an escaped ape, the results are hilarious!

The other two films on this disc are along the animal theme developed by the presence of the chimp in Swiss Miss. The first of these two short subjects is simply called The Chimp, and features the same guy in the same suit as in Swiss Miss. This film is along the same theme as that developed in Laughing Gravy and other films, about the boys needing a room for the night and trying to sneak an animal in past their landlord.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Shak. I
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Swiss Miss is one of the less popular Laurel Hardy feature-length films because of its annoying musical numbers. I still liked it though when i saw it on television many years ago. I decided to buy it and it was worth it. There are several noteworthy moments in the film like when the duo try to take a piano across a narrow bridge, only to encounter a chimp along the way and when Laurel tries to get Brandy off the St. Bernard dog etc. The second film in the DVD is also a great short where the duo are given a chimp after the circus they work at closes down. The third and last film is a silent one which is not for everyone. Still worth buying for the first two films.
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