From IRIS CONLAY, Catholic Herald Film Critic Next month will be seen an Anglican experiment of a religious service on the screen. It is scheduled to be shown at the Metropole Cinema on successive Sunday afternoons in June, and consists of a cornplete film sermon, including hymns, an address, and The Passing of the Third Floor Back. At the New Gallery are the Crazy Gang (Nervo and Knox, Flanagan and Allen, and Naughton and Gold), who built their reputation on the Palladium stage, and only add one storey to the construction on the screen. If you like things this way you'll be sure to like 0-Kay for Sound, because the Crazy Gang believe in the mixture as before as an unfailing prescription. Undoubtedly there are great moments which the most hard-bitten cynic of British production will have to admit. At least one snort per cynic is extracted by thc scene of the Big Fight, commentated in turn in American and in English (HawHaw style), while the ordinary person is left very, very weak.
The new Laurel and Hardy full-length Way Out West (Empire) is not up to
Laurel and Hardy standards. It's a picture to raise grunts and chuckles, but never gets its audience absolutely rollicking. Not that it, too, has not its moments, and Laurel has a new trick—his thumb be comes an automatic cigarette lighter. I found myself trying it afterwards!
And then one superb remark, " What did he die of?" " He died of a Tuesday."