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|Laurel and Hardy Triple Feature|
Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Jack Haley, Thelma Todd
Directors: Hal Roach, Eddie Sedgwick
Genres: Comedy, Drama
BOGUS BANDITS: OLLIE and STAN play Ollio and Stanlio, a pair of incompetent bandits who are hired as Menservants to Fra Diavolo (The Devils Brother), a real bandit played by Dennis King Who, in his other guise, is known as... more »
Good movies. Poor picture quality.
More Reliable Reviews | Tahiti | 05/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I may have received a bootleg, pirated, copy. I have seen a different studio version of the film in this set titled "Bogus Bandits", which had dramatically better picture quality. In this set the faces in the films are washed-out, from making a copy, of a copy, several times with the faces fading, getting whiter on each copy.
Better print of "Bogus Bandits" is the same movie with the different title: "Devil's Brother" available on Amazon in a two-pack with "Bonnie Scotland".
"March of the Wooden Soldiers" is available with better picture quality individually on Amazon.
"Movie Struck" is available individually too, but I have not seen the individual print and so do not know if the picture quality is any better (it cannot be worse).
"Bogus Bandits" or "The Devil's Brother" is set in the 1600's about a thief charming secrets out of a rich man's wife, and forcing Stan and Ollie to help him, at least to begin with. The film has some excellent singing, quaint sets, some good comedy, and a good ending that is cleverly set-up earlier in the film.
"March of the Wooden Soldiers" finds Stan and Ollie in Toyland saving the damsel in distress from the bad guy. Quaint sets and good comedy.
"Movie-struck" has a couple good songs by a young women. A little humor from Jack Haley the Tin-Man in the "Wizard of Oz". Promising but uneventful. Stan and Ollie are squeezed into a couple scenes, out of place in a story about others, and are shown arriving at the studio to do the scenes breaking believability. It held my attention, but in the end was a missed opportunity for having some good talent, a couple good ideas, and a story that could have done better."
ferrell | colorado | 06/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This dvd has one thing on it that's wprth getting and that's the movie 'Movie struck" the other two features have already been released,now if you don't have the other dvds with "the devils brother" and "march of the wooden soldiers" then you should pick this one up ,but if you already have the other two features this one will be worth it for "Movie struck"..now I got to warn you that "movie struck" isn't really a laurel and hardy movie,they are only in it for 5 minutes or so but the movie is excellent and is funny.."
Contains 'Babes in Toyland,' 'The Devil's Brother' and 'Pick
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 05/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"SYNOPSES for "Laurel and Hardy Triple Feature":
BOGUS BANDITS-- In 18th Century Northern Italy, two wannabe bandits (Stan & Ollie) join up with the notorious Fra Diavolo and aid in his plan to rob a wealthy lord. Appearing briefly as a woodchopper is 6'5" Tiny Sandford. Prior to working with Laurel & Hardy, Sandford was in several of Charlie Chaplin's greatest films ("The Immigrant," "The Gold Rush," "City Lights," "Modern Times," "The Great Dictator").
MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS-- Stanley Dum and Ollie Dee try to rescue Bo Peep and her mother (who lives in a shoe) from their evil landlord, Barnaby. With music from Victor Herbert's operetta, this charming fairy tale is often telecast on Thanksgiving Day. You may not recognize a young Ellen Corby in her bit part here. In the mid-1970s, she portrayed 'Grandma' on CBS-TV's "The Waltons."
MOVIE STRUCK-- With the help of a publicity man, a young girl lives out her dream of being a movie star. Laurel & Hardy appear briefly in a few scenes and Scottish-born James Finlayson (as the director) is here without his trademark handlebar mustache. Watch for a cameo by Our Gang's 'Alfalfa.' Produced by Hal Roach and directed by comedy veteran Eddie Sedgwick.
An excellent companion to this Stan & Ollie triple feature is LAUREL & HARDY (from LIONS GATE). Besides their Oscar-winning short "The Music Box," this one contains "Sons of the Desert," "Another Fine Mess," "Busy Bodies" and "County Hospital."
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(7.2) Bogus Bandits ("The Devil's Brother") (1933) - Stan Laurel/Oliver Hardy/Dennis King/Thelma Todd/James Finlayson/Lane Chandler (uncredited: Tiny Sandford)
(7.4) March of the Wooden Soldiers ("Babes in Toyland") (1934) - Stan Laurel/Oliver Hardy/Charlotte Henry/Felix Knight/Marie Wilson (uncredited: Ellen Corby/Dickie Jones/Tiny Sandford)
(5.1) Movie Struck ("Pick a Star") (1937) - Patsy Kelly/Rosina Lawrence/Jack Haley/Mischa Auer/Stan Laurel/Oliver Hardy/Joyce Compton/James Finlayson (uncredited: Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer)"
G. Schneider | VA United States | 09/08/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"How many times, under how many titles, are these Laurel & Hardy films going to be reissued? There are still many of their films that have never yet made it to DVD; these have been seen on various sets. Let's not get suckered into yet another rehash. When ALL the L&H shorts and features have had legitimate DVD release, THEN you cheapskate companies can reissue to your hearts' content."