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on 27 November 2005
Laurel and Hardy’s Laughing 20’s is a 90 minute feature-length compilation of their silent films. Produced by Robert Youngson in 1965, it features a wealth of funny moments and excerpts from lesser known material.
When Robert compiled this retrospective he preserved the work of great comedians during a time when old nitrate film negatives were rapidly deteriorating and the major film studios remained disinterested in spending money to preserve the work of a bygone era. Youngson found the way to preserve these films was to generate cash for the film studios by making compilations and creating renewed interest in the stars of yesteryear; 'Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's' is just one of these compilations. And a great retrospective it is too.
What initially astounded me about this DVD - given the competitive price – is the picture quality; it doesn’t seem to be transferred from old video source material. Certainly, ‘The Finishing Touch’ appears to be much sharper print than the one included in the recent Universal Studios Laurel and Hardy box set release.
Also included in more-or-less complete form is ‘From Soup to Nuts’, ‘Liberty’, ‘Putting Pants on Philip’ and ‘Wrong Again’.
As well as the usual Laurel and Hardy cast members (Charley Chase, Anita Garvin, Edgar Kennedy), Youngson also includes a tip of the derby to Max Davidson – seeing this funny man broadside his talents next to these film greats will only make viewers want to search out more footage of this overlooked comedian.
The concluding part of ‘Laughing 20’s’ showcases best moments from ‘Two Tars’, ‘The Second Hundred Years’, ‘Habeas Corpus’, ‘You’re Darn Tootin’’, ‘We Faw Down’ and the climax of the pie fight scene in ‘Battle of the Century’.
Although these are silent films, commentary by Jay Jackson is included throughout the feature.
The artwork of Laurel and Hardy on the case is a nice departure from the usual stock photos used by some DVD producers that are often out of context with the actual production itself.
There are no extras on the DVD which in one sense is a good thing because you can focus on the main feature – however, it would have been nice to see a theatrical trailer for the movie included.
All-in-all, this is a fantastic retrospective compiled by someone who undoubtedly had genuine warmth and affection for his subject matter.
This DVD is certainly worth the money – not only will it appeal to fans of Laurel and Hardy but also to comedy film buffs and those interested in movie history.
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on 8 December 2006
no wonder this compilation of laurel and hardy singlehandly revived interest in them; there are some priceless highlights featuring the team at their best, especially "you're darn tootin,'" "battle of the century," "the finishing touch" etc. but most of all, these highlights provide concrete evidence that laurel and hardy still remain unrivalled as the greatest comedy team in the world, be it film, stage, radio or T.V.

also on hand, are some funny moments from silent clowns charley chase and max davidson. historically, they make for fascinating viewing.

luckily, the success of this release led robert youngson to compily another collection of highlights entitled "the further perils of laurel and hardy."

the narrator jay jackson summed up laurel and hardy perfectly with his closing commentary: "into the distance, into the memory, we shall never see their like again." never was a truer word spoken.
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on 11 January 2007
If you are only familiar with Stan and Ollie's talkie films, then this DVD is an excellent introduction to their silent films of the late 1920s. This film, compiled in 1965 by Robert Youngson, shows extensive clips of the best of their silent comedies, and is well worth adding to the collection of any L & H fan.

As well as Laurel & Hardy, the film also shows a few clips of generally unavailable Charley Chase and Max Davidson films, two comedians who were making comedies at Hal Roach Studios at the same time as L & H. Chase's films in particular are well worth looking at, unfortunately they have yet to receive a dedicated region 2 DVD release...
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on 1 August 2016
Robert Youngson is an absolute hero for silent comedy fans. He not only revitalised silent comedy by putting together compilation films such as this, but he also transferred the films on to safety stock, therefore preserving them for future generations. It was his copy of the "Battle of the Century" that was found in 2015.
His compilation films may seem a little cheesy with the narration when viewed today, however this doesn't in any way diminish the joy it is to sit back and enjoy comedy at its best. The narration is insightful, and the comedy is just as fresh today as it was in the Laughing '20s.
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on 11 July 2011
A great place to start laughing with Laurel and Hardy, and has a very nice documentary feel about it. However, my disc stuck right near the end, and the sentimental commentary about 'we will never see their like again' was unplayable. Shame, because this is what I remember about it when I saw it on the BBC as a child. However, for the price, its really worth owning; especially given the distinct lack of any shorts on the TV. The footage atop scaffolding is really worth a watch, its just superb.
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on 23 May 2011
This DVD is a compilation of the best bits from the silent movies that Laurel and Hardy starred in. The clips are as fresh as ever and the laughs just keep on rolling. If you are stressed and have had a tough day at work, pop this disc in the player and watch your worries fade away.

I was looking for this disc for quite some time and it isn't available in most video stores. Lucky to have found it online.
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on 5 June 2014
Some rare clips of Laurel and Hardy when they first started out and other comedy actors of that age in Hal Roach studios. It doesn't get better than Laughing 20's... some of the sketches beat modern comedies by a long shot.
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on 5 November 2015
Very Good combination film of Laurel and Hardy's Work from the silent era of the 1920's this has their funniest moments and very good to watch
comedy geniuses
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on 13 November 2013
One of Robert Youngson's silent tributes to immortal clowns of the early cinema years.
Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy where geniuses even then...
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on 19 July 2015
Captures their genius perfectly.
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