Monday, January 10, 2011

Pardon Us--the Long Version

TCM is having another Laurel and Hardy marathon beginning tomorrow evening. If you're a fan, here's something you may never have seen! You can order it here and a portion of the proceeds support this blog.

PARDON US (1931)
Theatrically released in 1931, this was Laurel and Hardy's first motion-picture. Prior to this, they appeared in comedy film shorts. When it was first test previewed for American audiences in 1931, there was ctitical comments about certain scenes. The producers felt it would be best to strip it down in length from 70 minutes to 66. Most DVD releases and TV airings are 66 and others are (sadly) 55 minutes! What we offer is the rarely-seen preview print at the original 70 minute length!

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