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ctm-Atoll K: The Fan Edit | A Recut of Laurel & Hardy’s Final Movie

Prior to the launch of this 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.

The project is not endorsed, sponsored, or licensed by any of the above parties – nor is it being made for profit.

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  • Nadeem Mohammed on September 10, 2021

    Laurel Hardy my favourite comedians never dull moment watching ther films pure Artistry dedication of Craft the best dup partnership

  • glen lynas on September 11, 2021

    A very fine effort in editing what is actually a very poor Laurel and Hardy film.

  • Miss Sizzy on September 12, 2021


  • Haqeeqat Tv International on September 12, 2021


  • Sanjay Dutta on September 15, 2021

    Hi 👋🇮🇳

  • Sanjay Dutta on September 15, 2021


  • PW C on September 16, 2021

    Amazing work. I haven’t seen the original but this holds up well. I also noticed a woman peeking at the ship captain while he tells the cook to go to the boys little boat.

  • William Mcauliffe on September 17, 2021

    Two of the best loved and watched men of all time no ego no self worth but a talent never seen again

  • wasiuuu1 on September 18, 2021

    oh that ending – you made me cry, thank you very much for the touch of my past 🙂

  • Rosie Cheeks on September 19, 2021

    This cut is MUCH better! It's like the older Stan and Ollie films with an older Stan and Ollie and much more Laurel and Hardy centric…way more enjoyable 🙂

  • Frank Baron on September 20, 2021

    the poor quality of the film was in no way down to the brilliant duo themselves.

  • Frank Baron on September 20, 2021

    well i don't know about them but i would have been happy with the boat and the island.

  • Tuff Gong on September 20, 2021

    Stan looks so ill 🙁

  • Famous songs with guitar on September 21, 2021

    33:14 Laurel was so idiot

  • Mogens Schmidt on September 26, 2021

    UMM wasent there last movie Utopia?

  • Benjamin Evans on October 4, 2021


  • Cisano Appdev on October 5, 2021

    That's great. Can I suggest another improvement? Hardy's face is ok, but Stan. Of course, he was sick. To change the face with his healthy face.

  • Paula Cain on October 5, 2021

    I am 66 years old , the year is 2021 and I will go to my grave loving Laurel and Hardy

  • Bert Vanderzee on October 6, 2021

    Perfect Job !!

  • DHRUV GUPTA on October 8, 2021


  • Wisdom River on October 8, 2021

    I thought this was called utopia

  • jamesaellis on October 9, 2021

    Was lucky enough to see this in the cinema. It's a strange affair. I did enjoy the songs. It's the dubbing that really spoils it.

  • chris richardson on October 10, 2021

    …simply a charming movie …from the pioneers of motion picture comedy

  • Bruno Miorin on October 15, 2021

    I've really enjoyed this work of yours Joe. Great editing with a superior image quality and excellent choice of music. I'm sure Stan and Ollie would be proud!

  • henryburner on October 17, 2021

    Great work and thanks for the upload.

  • Duke's Jazz Room on October 17, 2021

    Stan looked awfully thin in this film though looked healthier later on in life.

  • Martine Lois couv on October 21, 2021


  • Brian Gatt on October 23, 2021

    The funniest comedy duo of all time never found Abbott and Costello that funny

  • Ian Inkster on October 27, 2021

    That chef is the father of Arty from the Sopranos.

  • Ian Inkster on October 27, 2021

    I'm watching this without having seen the original. 20 minutes in I find it a perfectly decent film, not worthy of renunciation.

  • Stig åke Hilding on October 27, 2021


  • Marcus Harrison on October 30, 2021

    Favour best Lauren Hardy entertainment you ever get now

  • Leo Ruotsalainen on November 2, 2021

    Great fanny film

  • Daniel Giraud on November 4, 2021

    As a non english, I wanted tae underrrrrstand movie’s dialogue. So I switched on subtitles an’ the puppets’ grand exhibition starts out magnificently ! Instead o’ beeing a help tae me, it prevented me tae underrrrrstand the story. In the subtitles, they wrote : « côte dévot » (a-devotin’ uprunning) instead o’ « côte de veau » (veal chop), they have translated « sail » by the english word « sale » in the french subtitles, ditto fer « weight » fer « wait », ditto « pitch » by « pitch », ditto fer « iz born » fer « iz born » in the french subtitles, ditto « sail » by « sail ». Wow ! Il swells ! Then wrote « take a pee » fer « take a peep », then « Bouillabesse » by « boyabeez », ditto fer « bouteille de Cognac » fer « bouteille de maïs », ditto fer « How did ya do it ? » fer « How d’ya do ? ». Clever mah boy ! Ditto fer « this iz my site » instead o’ « this iz my side », the wrote the names o’ Stan an’ Laurel thru’ 6 diff’rent spellings. Happily they didnae spell thy name…. When trere are dialogues, they wrote : « applause », ditto fer « the cat got yer time ? » instead o’ « the cat got yer tongue ? » Ditto fer « she didn’t sweat the claws » fer « she didn’t sweep the floor ».Ditto fer « they have translated the french word : « chérie » (surname an’ darlin’) by « sherry » + « cheree » + « cerise » (cherry). Ditto « filles » (girls) instead o’ « guys ». Instead translatin’ « happy » in « heureuse », these mutherfuckers wrote « h Appi ». Instead translatin’ « Oh mah sweet island », these S.O.B. wrote « Hats off entertainment iz a true swindle ». Bravo the amerikan Sissy. an’ so on… The muthefucker who wrote the french subtitles was mistaken. He put those from « the pink panther » film instead. Goddamned it ! I dunno me chance tae watch a Hats off entertainment film…. The subtitles stop fer 2 minutes an’ this stop starts again ev’ry 10 minutes. Then when it resumes, the subtitles are in Arabic, then in German.
    Last question : who are the two people who play the roles o’ Oliver Hardy an’ Stanley Laurel?

    Sometimes, german, dutch an’ arabic words appear in the subtitles crazy as a loon. Oh dat sweet Sissy S.O.B. ! Some other times yew can read : « chatte gonflée » (swollen cunt) in the middle o’ a conversation. An’ some other times, you must read the subtitles from right tae left fer tae underrrrrstand. So I was fed up an’ tae get tae underrrrrstand at last, I switched on original english-english dialogue an’ that was a better idea. So fool ! How do ye want people tae understand thy film ? This iz normal fer an amerikan Sissy. Ô Amerikay, love it or shove it.
    This iz one movie too many. They should have died a-leaving us wi’ fond memories o’ the Hal Roach Studios years.

    I dinnae know who’s the author o’ this rip off, but the bandit that spoils french subtitles must be an amerikan Sissy or a pro-Trump chicken.. An’ if it appears nae tae be him, it’s definetly him anyway.

  • Linda Beeston on November 6, 2021

    Aawww Stan Laurel looked ILL there. Thanks for all the laughs boys XX

  • Tide Eman on November 9, 2021

    Thank you for making this movie into a memorial for two of worlds best slapstick comedians. You did them justice and made the world laugh one more time with these National treasures.

  • Sergio Aureli on November 19, 2021

    Very nice movie …last of Stan and Ollie

  • MrMagma1954 on November 19, 2021

    They were the best. Magma

  • VALERIO FOTOGRAFO !!!!!!!!! on November 27, 2021

    super grandissimi : STANLIO E OLLIO !!!!!!!!! ciao da VALERIO FOTOGRAFO !!!!!!!!!

  • pradeep malhotra on December 1, 2021

    Wonderful…a big thank you!

  • Zurair Khan on December 1, 2021


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