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The Best Of Laurel & Hardy - Utopia DVD 1950 Atoll K / Laurel & Hardy Collection / Directed by Léo Joannon, John Berry / Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Suzy Delair, Max Elloy / Black & White Comedy Classic

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The Best Of Laurel & Hardy - Utopia DVD 1950 Atoll K / Laurel & Hardy Collection / Directed by Léo Joannon, John Berry / Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Suzy Delair, Max Elloy / Black & White Comedy Classic

UPC 5060144219473

REGION 0 PAL DVD (All regions)

MADE IN EU

AUDIO: English mono

Total Runtime: 82 minutes

 

English Summary:

Laurel and Hardy were a comedy duo act during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. The team was composed of Englishman Stan Laurel (1890–1965) and American Oliver Hardy (1892–1957). They became well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous bully Hardy. The duo's signature tune is known variously as "The Cuckoo Song", "Ku-Ku", or "The Dance of the Cuckoos". It was played over the opening credits of their films and has become as emblematic of the duo as their bowler hats.

Prior to emerging as a team, both actors had well-established film careers. Laurel had appeared in over 50 films as an actor (while also working as a writer and director), while Hardy had been in more than 250 productions. The two comedians had previously worked together as cast members on the film The Lucky Dog in 1921. However, they were not a comedy team at that time and it was not until 1926 that they appeared in a short film together, when both separately signed contracts with the Hal Roach film studio.Laurel and Hardy officially became a team in 1927 when they appeared together in the silent short film Putting Pants on Philip. They remained with the Roach studio until 1940 and then appeared in eight B movie comedies for 20th Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1941 to 1945. After finishing their film commitments at the end of 1944, they concentrated on performing in stage shows and embarked on a music hall tour of England, Ireland, and Scotland. They made their last film in 1950, a French-Italian co-production called Atoll K.

 

Utopia - Atoll K (1950)

Stan learns that he is to receive an inheritance left by a wealthy uncle. Unfortunately, most of the inheritance is consumed by taxes and legal fees, and he is left with only a rickety but fully provisioned yacht and a private island in the Pacific Ocean. Stan and Ollie leave for the island, accompanied by stateless refugee Antoine (Max Elloy) and stowaway Giovanni Copini, a malcontent Italian bricklayer (Adriano Rimoldi).

On the voyage, the friendly Antoine acts as chef, but the food mysteriously disappears from Stan's plate because stowaway Giovanni is taking it. This leads Stan to blame Ollie and an argument ensues. The engine then fails, so Ollie removes parts in an attempt to fix it. He hands them to Stan, who puts them on the deck where they slide overboard. Ollie then realises that his efforts were in vain when he notices that the fuel gauge reads empty. Having lost the engine, they hoist the sail, revealing Giovanni hiding in it.

They encounter a storm and Stan battles with an inflating liferaft in the cabin while Ollie is at the helm. They are shipwrecked on a newly emerged desert island, which they dub "Crusoeland" after the book Robinson Crusoe that is on their yacht. They are soon joined by Chérie Lamour, a nightclub singer (Suzy Delair) who is fleeing her jealous fiancé Jack Frazer, a naval lieutenant (Luigi Tosi). The island is established as a new republic, with Hardy as president and Laurel as "the people." They write a constitution declaring their atoll will have no laws, no taxes, and no immigration controls.

 

 

Cast

  • Stan Laurel - Stan
  • Oliver Hardy - Ollie
  • Suzy Delair - Chérie Lamour
  • Max Elloy - Antoine
  • Paul Frees - Antoine (English-dubbed voice)
  • Suzet Maïs - Mrs. Dolan
  • Adriano Rimoldi - Giovanni Copini
  • Luigi Tosi - Lt. Jack Frazer
  • Michael Dalmatoff - Alecto
  • Claude May - Miss Pringle
  • André Randall - Phineas Bramwell
  • Robert Vattier - Yves Bonnefoy
  • Vittorio Caprioli - Pietro Poltroni
  • Lucien Callamand - Harbor official
  • Olivier Hussenot - Monsieur Bonnet
  • Guglielmo Barnabò - Giovanni's employer
  • Philippe Richard - Manager of the Cacatoes Club
  • Félix Oudart - Mayor and Registrar of Papeete
  • Titys - Deputy to the Mayor
  • Palmyre Levasseur - Wife of the Registrar
  • Robert Murzeau - Captain Mike Dolan
  • Henri Cote - Surveyor
  • Charles Lemontier - Senior official
  • Maurice Pierrat - French radio announcer
  • Hans Werner - German radio announcer
  • Jean Maxime - Sailor in the Café Crusoe
  • Nicolas Amato - Rub-Out Raymond
  • Guy Henri - Alecto's henchman
  • Joé Davray - Alecto's henchman
  • Roger Legris - Higgins
  • Hubert Deschamps - Policeman on the island

 

 

Directed by Léo Joannon
John Berry (uncredited)
Produced by Raymond Eger
Written by John D. Klorer
Frederick Kohner
Piero Tellini
René Wheeler
Starring Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Suzy Delair
Music by Paul Misraki
Cinematography Armand Thirard
Edited by Raymond Isnardon
Distributed by Franco London Films
(France)
Release date
  • 17 October 1951 (France)
  • 25 October 1951 (Italy)
Running time
  • 82 minutes (UK cut)
Country France
Italy
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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