Liberty (1929 film)

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L&H Liberty 1929.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Leo McCarey
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Leo McCarey
H.M. Walker
Starring Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Cinematography George Stevens
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 26, 1929 (1929-01-26)
Running time
20 min.
Country United States
Language Silent film
English (Original intertitles)

Liberty (a.k.a. Criminals at Large in its 8mm home movie version) is a 1929 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy as escaped convicts who, while trying to change pants, wind up on a skyscraper in construction.[1]


Stan and Ollie are prison escapees. In their haste to change into street clothes, they wind up wearing each other's pants, and a crab accidentally finds its way into Stan's trousers, causing him problems with nipping. A cop chases them to a construction site, where they escape by riding an elevator to the top floor of an unfinished building. Atop the girders, 20 stories in the air, they finally switch trousers, contend with a crab, and manage to nearly fall to their death a few dozen times.



  1. ^ Everson, William K. (1967), The Complete Films of Laurel & Hardy, Citadel Press, pp. 73–75, ISBN 0806501464. 

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