The Finishing Touch

The Finishing Touch


The Finishing Touch

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The Finishing Touch is a 1928 short comedy silent film produced by Hal Roach, directed by Clyde Bruckman and starring Laurel and Hardy. It was shot in November and December 1927 and released February 25, 1928 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


The film has them building a house with disastrous results.

Production and exhibition

According to L&H Encyclopedia author Glenn Mitchell, The Finishing Touch is a descendant of two of the duo's solo films: Laurel's Smithy (1924) and Hardy's Stick Around (1925). The paperhanger character played by Hardy in the latter film "was justly important to , originating an embryonic form of his eventual screen character."Mitchell, Glenn (1995). The Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia. London: B. T. Batsford Ltd. ISBN 0-7134-7711-3, pp 100-101.

The Finishing Touch is set in an area undergoing real estate development in 1927; its wide open spaces provide a sense of a more pastoral Los Angeles that would soon vanish as more and more structures filled it in. The ill-fated structure in question here was built by the Roach construction team on Motor Avenue near the Fox studio. It was supposed to collapse completely when The Boys' truck rolled through it, but the overzealous crew ignored designer Thomas Benton Roberts's design specs and made it too sturdy — so the truck lodged halfway through and ground to a stop.Skretvedt, Randy (1996). Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies....
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