I am so overjoyed to finally present my recut of Laurel & Hardy's final film!
Prior to the launch of my YouTube channel, I had been working on a side project that involved Laurel & Hardy's final film - Atoll K (1951). The movie, which was a French-Italian co-production, never had its copyright filed in the United States - resulting in poorly duplicated copies to flood the home video & streaming market in the years that followed.
The movie was plagued with production problems from the very start, compounded by communication issues between Stan & Ollie and the film's foreign speaking cast & crew. Despite their own declining health at the time, Laurel & Hardy worked tirelessly to better their scenes in the movie - reinventing some of their old gags and coming up with completely new ones as well.
I have always found some of their scenes in this movie to be the best in their post-Hal Roach Studios career, even given their poor physical appearance. These great comedy scenes are often overshadowed by elongated subplots that don't involve their characters, with most of the foreign cast dubbed very poorly in English. To highlight this, I recut the film to more closely match their films at Hal Roach Studios. In cutting together this new edit, I used only the finest prints of the movie available, as well as a soundtrack composed by the Beau Hunks Orchestra.