The Finishing Touch

Written and filmed November-December, 1927. Released by MGM, February, 1928. Produced by Hal Roach. Supervised by Leo McCarey. Directed by Clyde Bruckman. Two reels.
Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Sam Lufkin, Dorothy Coburn.   

STORY: The Boys attempt to build a house. 'Nuf said

JB: I know many critics see this as a run-of-the-mill short, but it is probably the Laurel and Hardy silent dearest to my heart. Yes, Hog Wild, Towed in a Hole and Busy Bodies were better as "hammer and nail" shorts, but there are great moments to be found here --- Ollie finding myriad ways of swallowing a mouthful of nails, Stan reducing a window frame to kindling wood in the space of fifteen seconds --- plus we are treated to a cartoon bird near the end that is cheesy enough to join the L&H Animated Menagerie of flying elephants (from the film of the same name) and pesky mice (from Brats).

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