Laurel and Hardy at last functioning as a team
after just missing each other in "All-Star" Roach comedies tone deaf
to their potential. As defective detectives, silly-named "Ferdinand
Finkleberry" and "Sherlock Pinkham" (inspired title writer H.M.
Walker coasting a little here), L&H go in pursuit of slash-killing Noah
Young, who's sworn revenge on Judge James Finlayson, unaccountably wed here to
stunner Clara Bow lookalike Viola Richard. Stan and Babe's hat switch routine
is used for a first time, and you'd think for such expertise they'd been at it
for years. What helped these boys most in fact was both having come to teaming
from long experience before cameras and mastery of character/gags gleaned from
felicitous work with others. A hook-up ten, or even five, years earlier might
not have worked so well. Had any comedians up to then (or since) come to
pairing so seasoned? I'd like to know who (if anyone) counseled L&H at
this beginner point. Was Leo McCarey already a participant, or did Stan and
Babe work out details on their own?