Liberty (1929)

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With the police hot on their trail, Stan and Ollie attempt to change clothes in their getaway car, only to find themselves struggling to balance atop the girders of an unfinished skyscraper. Will they return to ground level in one piece?


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9 March 1999 | Doctor J-2
Laurel & Hardy Visit Harold Lloyd Territory
Laurel and Hardy escape from jail and end up wearing each other's trousers. The hilarious sequence of failed attempts to change back was intended for their previous film "We Faw Down" but was removed when that film proved too long. They finally manage to change trousers, first with Stan then Ollie having a live crab within the seat of the pants, and end up on a high building in real Harold Lloyd territory. Perhaps not as well paced as the best of Lloyd but still extremely funny. Up among the best of their silent two reelers.

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The building under construction in 1928 that served as a location for the climactic scenes in this short was the Western Costume building at 939 South Broadway, Los Angeles. The building still stands (as of 2018) just South of the United Artists Theatre building (1926). While The Boys are on the girders, views to the South show the then-new Western Pacific Building (1925) at 1031 South Broadway; the triangular block of buildings at South Broadway where Broadway Place once cut an angle from Tenth Street (now Olympic Blvd.) and Broadway to Main Street (the entire block, including Broadway Place, has been replaced by an apartment complex); a large sign advertising the Sunday Examiner newspaper, atop the 10-story Los Angeles Railway Building (1925), which is kitty-corner across the street from the Herald Examiner headquarters; and in the distance, the twin steeples of St Joseph's Catholic Church (1901-1903, destroyed by fire in 1983) at 12th and South Los Angeles Streets.


The girder on which Stan and Ollie are struggling on has the number 1-113-4 painted on it upside down. in succeeding shots it changes to 1-814-6 the right way up before reverting back to 1-113-4 the right way up.

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The available print does not feature the original credits. It is based, in part, from a 1950 reissue by Film Classics, and the elements used by Robert Younson in his 1965 compilation "Laurel & Hardy's Laughing 20's". Although it still features the introductory roar of the MGM lion the credits were replaced and the name of H. M. Walker is misspelled.


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