Laurel and Hardy @ Clifton Center

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Clifton Center
2117 Payne St. • 896-8480
$5 (free for members); 7 p.m.

The Wild and Woolly Film Series at the Clifton Center returns with an evening of Laurel and Hardy films. The triple feature opens with “Big Business,” a 1929 silent short that lays out the basic Stan & Ollie template and was deemed a National Treasure in 1992 by the Library of Congress. In it, the duo play door-to-door Christmas tree salesmen, but, as far as their would-be customer is concerned (James Finlayson, a repeat foil for the tandem), the peddling pair’s main commodity is mayhem. There is more X-mas-run-amok with “Babes in Toyland.” A December 1934 review in The New York Times predicted that this “photo play” was destined to cause a “vast whooping and stamping of feet” during the approaching holiday season. We’ll see if that holds true today. The mini-fest’s capper is the 65-minute “Way Out West,” which reunites Finlayson with Hollywood’s best-known blockheads as he tries to seize the deed to a goldmine that Stan & Ollie are holding. —J. Christian Walsh

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