Liberty (1929 film)

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L&H Liberty 1929.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLeo McCarey
Produced byHal Roach
Written byLeo McCarey
H.M. Walker
StarringStan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
CinematographyGeorge Stevens
Edited byRichard C. Currier
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 26, 1929 (1929-01-26)
Running time
20 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent 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. Running down the road with a police officer on their tails, They meet up with some accomplices in a car and In their haste to change into street clothes, they wind up wearing each other's pants. Tossing their prison garb out the window they attract the attention of a motorcycle officer and out of the car they go looking for places to change pants. The alley where a cop is grabbing a smoke and a lady screams and they are off again. Behind some crates on an elevator with a cop right there and they are off again. Ducking into a cab they lose the cop and hide behind a seafood shop and a crab accidentally finds its way into Stan's trousers, causing him problems with nipping. Not paying mind where they are going, Ollie topples a record player outside a music shop as records cover the sidewalk, the owner is not amused. 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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