HABEAS CORPUS (director: James Parrott ; screenwriters: Leo McCarey, H.M. Walker; cinematographer: Len Powers; editor: Richard Currier; music: Robert Israel-2011; cast: Richard Carle (Professor Padilla), Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Rogers (The Butler); Runtime: 20; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Hal Roach; MGM; 1928-silent)
“Somewhat funny silent slapstick comedy.”
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
James Parrott(“The Music Box”/”The Chimp”/”Mr. Bride”) directs this somewhat funny silent slapstick comedy from Laurel and Hardy, from a script by Leo McCarey.
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are two hungry panhandlers at the apartment door of a loony professor (Richard Carle), who recruits them for $500 to go to the cemetery and bring him a corpse to do a radical brain experiment. The boys are confronted at the graveyard by a bat and a man appearing as a ghost, that has Oliver trying to calm the scared Stan. It’s a minor work in their opus, easily forgettable.
REVIEWED ON 3/7/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: “Ozus’ World Movie Reviews”
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