GenreComedy, Short ProducerHal Roach CountryUnited States
English intertitles Release dateNovember 20, 1927 WriterHal Roach, H.M. Walker (titles) CastStan Laurel (Ferdinand Finkleberry), Oliver Hardy (Sherlock Pinkham), James Finlayson (Judge Foozle), Viola Richard (Mrs. Foozle), Noah Young (The Tipton Slasher), Frank Brownlee (Detective agency boss) Similar moviesPacific Rim, The Artist, Paperman, Feast, Pluto's Christmas Tree, Mickey and the Seal
Do detectives think
Do Detectives Think? is a silent comedy short film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy prior to their official billing as the duo Laurel and Hardy. The team appeared in a total of 107 films between 1921 and 1951.
Do Detectives Think? is most notable for featuring the comedians in their familiar garb of crumpled suits and bowler hats for the very first time, the standard costumes of detectives of the time.
A Judge (Finlayson) sentences a murderer (Young) to death. The murderer (of course) vows revenge on the judge. Following his escape, the judge engages a detective agency which sends its two least skilled detectives Laurel and Hardy to protect him. The sleuths, after many mishaps, manage to capture the murderer.
Stan Laurel - Ferdinand Finklebery
Oliver Hardy - Sherlock Pinkham
Jimmy Finlayson - Judge Foozle
Noah Young - The Tipton Slasher
Viola Richard - Mrs. Foozle
Frank Brownlee - Detective agency boss
Charles A. Bachman - Officer
Will Stanton - Slasher's pal
Charley Young - Juror
Wilson Benge - Butler attacked by Slasher
Canadian musician Nash the Slash chose his stage name based on the character in Do Detectives Think.