Saturday, 21 January 2012

Laurel and Sweary

Have a look at this wonderful sketch from the cruelly underrated BBC series The Peter Serafinowicz Show featuring Peter and Paul Putner as Laurel and Hardy (Warning - swearing!)

It's great isn't it? But it set me to wondering if there are any genuine Laurel and Hardy outtakes. After all, their films were made in the 1920s and 30s before editing suites had really become established and everything was shot live, in one take and on one camera. Surely there should have been hundreds of goofs and bloopers? And not just Laurel and Hardy ... think about all those Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton stunts, those Charlie Chaplin and Keystone Kops manic chases, the opportunities for Fatty Arbuckle, Ben Turpin, Harry Langdon, Charlie Chase and James Finlayson to trip, fall, corpse or curse. Wouldn't it be great if we could find enough silent and early talkie footage bloopers to put together an early 20th century version of It'll be Alright on the Night?

I would love to hear Faye Busch shout 'Bugger!'

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