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Laurel and Hardy Collection, Vol. 2 (A Haunting we Will Go / Dancing Masters / Bullfighters) (1945)

Stan Laurel , Oliver Hardy , Stan Laurel , Alfred L. Werker  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Trudy Marshall, Robert Bailey, Matt Briggs
  • Directors: Stan Laurel, Alfred L. Werker, Malcolm St. Clair
  • Writers: George Bricker, George O'Hara, Henry Lehrman, Lou Breslow, Scott Darling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 193 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BLHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,451 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Laurel and Hardy Collection, Vol. 2 (A Haunting we Will Go / Dancing Masters / Bullfighters)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary on all 3 features by film historian Scott MacGillivray
  • Archival featurette Tree in a Test Tube
  • Archival featurette A Ship's Reporter
  • "Grand Hotel: The 1932 Laurel & Hardy Tour" featurette
  • "Laurel & Hardy: The Fox Years" featurette
  • Fox Movietone News Footage
  • Trailer

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Episode Description: The Laurel & Hardy Collection Volume 2 contains 3 classic comedies A-Haunting We Will Go, Dancing Masters, and Bullfighters. These titles are all available for the first time on DVD in a slipcase for $34.98 & $46.98.

Disk 1: A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO (1942) *Full Frame Feature **Commentary by Randy Skretvedt **Movietone News **Theatrical Trailer

Disk 2: THE DANCING MASTERS (1943) *Full Frame Feature **Commentary by Scott MacGillivray **A Ship's Reporter **Grand Hotel: The 1932 Laurel & Hardy Tour **Trailers

Disk 3: BULLFIGHTERS (1945) *Full Frame Feature **Commentary by Scott MacGillivray **Laurel & Hardy: The Fox Years **Trailers

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three 1940's Laurel and Hardy films June 27, 2006
Between 1941 and 1945, Laurel and Hardy made six films for 20th Century Fox and 2 more for MGM. Many people feel this was their low point in their film canon. However, in recent years, these films have been rediscovered and reapraised. True, these films are not as good as their films made at Hal Roach Studios, but they do have many funny moments. Three Fox films, Great Guns, Jitterbugs, and The Big Noise were released on DVD earlier this year. This set has three more films. They are:

1. The Dancing Masters. From 1943, the boys run a dancing school and the boyfriend of one of their students invents a invisible ray machine, and Stan and Ollie try to help him raise funds to help. This film is somewhat erratic, like a bunch of skits put together. The auction scene from their short Thicker than water is redone, as well as a scene from County Hospital. Still, the film does have its moments, and watch for Marx Brothers star Margret Dumont, as well as 26 year old Robert Mitchum as a con man.

2. A haunting we will go. From 1942,the boys are vagrants who must leave town within 24 hours. They answer a ad for a free train trip, but they must accompany a coffin(!). However the coffin has a very much alive fugitive in it. Stan and Ollie get bilked out of what money they have, and Dante the Magician offers them jobs as his assisiants. This is probably Laurel and Hardys worst film.

3. The Bullfighters. From 1945, Stan and Ollie are detectives who go to Mexico City in search of a woman fugitive. Turns out a man they helped sent to jail (who was actually innocent) is in Mexico city and vowed to skin them alive if he ever saw them. Turns out Stan resembles a famous bullfighter, and must impersonate the bullfighter to avoid the angry man who wants to skin them.
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Fox has made Laurel & Hardy collectors and completists very happy by preparing this companion volume of Laurel & Hardy's 1940s features, which have been out of circulation for years.

THE DANCING MASTERS (1943) is a relaxed hour of nonsense, as Stan and Ollie operate a dancing school, hide in a society mansion, wreck a ray gun, invade a construction site, upset an auction, ride a runaway bus... and that's just PART of it! Episodic as all getout, but Stan and Ollie are in practically every scene and they time their laughs beautifully. Good supporting cast (Bob Bailey, Trudy Marshall, Margaret Dumont, Matt Briggs); watch for a young Robert Mitchum. Fun for the whole family.

A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO (1942), featuring Dante the Magician, is a misguided attempt to turn Laurel & Hardy into Abbott & Costello. Stan and Ollie struggle visibly with an ill-fitting, contemptuous script and oblivious, humorless direction. The silver lining for movie buffs is a dream '40s cast of familiar faces: Mantan Moreland, Elisha Cook, Jr., Richard Lane, Robert Emmett Keane, Sheila Ryan, Lou Lubin, Addison Richards, and more. Pretend it's a Charlie Chan murder mystery that somehow includes Laurel & Hardy.

THE BULLFIGHTERS (1945) has the boys as private detectives in Mexico City, where Stan has to pose as a daring matador. The reliable Richard Lane and Edward Gargan are their main comic foils here, and Diosa Costello has a lively Latin musical specialty. Plenty of typical Laurel & Hardy gags and pantomime (two scenes were written and directed by Stan Laurel without screen credit). Some L & H admirers may regard this as a lackluster recycling of old routines, but Laurel & Hardy are obviously on familiar ground and they deliver the routines with enthusiasm.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stronger than the previous Fox set February 4, 2007
I found the films contained in this set to generally be funnier and stronger than the ones on the first volume. While it's true that L&H's career after they left Hal Roach is kind of hit and miss, it's not true that everything they did after 1940 is horrible and deserves to be dismissed out of hand without letting the viewer judge for oneself or without a modern critical re-evaluation of these films. I wish more people would realise that these films are *different* than their Hal Roach films, not inferior per se. They actually have many very funny moments and some pretty decent scripts, if one can get past the popular misconception about them being unwatchable garbage.

'The Bullfighters' (filmed in late 1944 but released in 1945) is easily the strongest of the three. Its strength is due in no small part to how they finally had gotten a sizeable amount of creative control back by this time, and how Stan wrote and directed (without credit) at least two of the scenes. It also seems like one of their Hal Roach films, and they seem far more in character than they do in some of the other Fox films. The boys are private detectives who go to Mexico in search of a woman nicknamed Larceny Nell, but after failing to arrest her, in one of the scenes Stan wrote and directed, they find themselves having to hide from Richard Muldoon, a man they sent to prison years ago. They believed Muldoon was a murderer, but it turned out that he was innocent and the real criminal confessed. Stan is able to hide his true identity because he looks exactly like Don Sebastian, a matador whose arrival in town is delayed due to troubles with his passport, but Ollie has more trouble avoiding running into Muldoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent delivery and I love the product I have no other issues with...
Excellent delivery and I love the product I have no other issues with this product. I is exactly what I expected and need.
Published 7 months ago by T. Thibault
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased these long lost Classics are finally getting the...
It is great to see these L&H classic movies finally make it to DVD. I loved watching these movies on Saturday morning when I was kid. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Karl Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to see them back in action...
Okay... if you're like me and you've read reviews on Laurel and Hardy's post-Hal Roach movies you'd expect these films to be just dreadful. Well... take a look for yourself. Read more
Published 23 months ago by SAM
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Bought this for my dad and he absolutley loves it!! But then again how can you go wrong with the classics?
Published on April 19, 2012 by gtiger
1.0 out of 5 stars should be buried with yeterday's garbage...
it's hard to say which fox film is the worst. there are more laughs in the l and h silent habeus corpus than in all the fox films combined! Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by A. Grossman
3.0 out of 5 stars laurel & hardy coll. vol. 2 ( a haunting we will go)
pretty good movies although not their best. dancing masters has some defects in the print quality but other two are fine. hardy may be older and heavier but boy can he move!
Published on September 15, 2011 by LL
2.0 out of 5 stars A pale imitation of L&H's best work
Stan Laurel, the mastermind behind L&H's best work, HATED the movies he and Hardy made for 20th Century Fox in the 1940s. He had good reason - these films are pretty awful. Read more
Published on February 13, 2011 by Acid
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection but not the best of Laurel and Hardy
Although they are still enjoyable to watch these are not the best films of Laurel and Hardy. Though as a fan I would recommend getting them if you love Laurel and Hardy like I do. Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by Comedy Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movies
These movies were exactly as advertised.
Although, I do not think that they were Laurel and Hardy's funniest movies.
Published on January 7, 2010 by Writer Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan & Ollie do their final films for Fox
When you look at these three films on Vol. 2, they're really a mixed blessing. Now at Twentieth-Century Fox in the Forties, the legendary comedy duo of Laurel & Hardy were somewhat... Read more
Published on January 5, 2010 by Randy E. Halford
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