After The Lucky Dog, it was another five years before the boys would appear in another film together. By 1925 both Stan and Ollie were under contract at Hal Roach Studios, Ollie was still appearing in various guises in front of the camera, while Stan was plying his trade behind the scenes as a writer and director. Given the amount of films that were being churned out of the Roach Studios at that time, it was inevitable that the boys would cross paths eventually. That said, during the years after The Lucky Dog, they were only involved in three other film projects together, Ollie acting and Stan directing. That was until August of 1926 when the boys were finally cast to appear in the same film together once again.
But, unlike The Lucky Dog, Forty-Five Minutes From Hollywood was not a Stan Laurel feature. The boys in fact both play bit parts, Stan having the smallest part of the two and looking fairly unrecognisable, with a huge, bushy moustache.
With equally bushy facial hair, Ollie had a larger role to play as a hotel detective, who spent most of his scenes in a state of undress, with only a towel to preserve his modesty.
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Despite both having roles in this film, the boys weren’t cast as a team, in fact they don’t even share a scene, being kept apart by a bedroom door.
The film was a Hal Roach ‘All-Stars’ comedy and as such you get very small cameos by other stars from the studio, such as Theda Bara, Our Gang and I’m sure there’s even a quick glimpse of L&H regular Tiny Sandford as a railway guard towards the start. (Maybe someone can confirm this in the comments??)
On the whole it’s a pretty forgettable affair. Some funny moments from the boys, especially Ollie’s reaction to his jealous wife (some familiar territory for us here) and also the scene where a cat runs up his towel in the hotel lobby is good for a laugh or two.
It was nice to re-visit this one, for posterity’s sake, but I have to admit, it’s not a film I’ll be watching again in a hurry.
Do share your thoughts in the comments. Maybe I’m being too critical…?!