English (Original intertitles) WriterLeo McCarey, H.M. Walker Release dateJanuary 26, 1929 (1929-01-26)
Liberty (a.k.a. Criminals at Large in its 8mm home movie version) is a 1929 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy as escaped convicts who, while trying to change pants, wind up on a skyscraper in construction.
Stan and Ollie are prison escapees. In their haste to change into street clothes, they wind up wearing each other's pants, and a crab accidentally finds its way into Stan's trousers, causing him problems with nipping. A cop chases them to a construction site, where they escape by riding an elevator to the top floor of an unfinished building. Atop the girders, 20 stories in the air, they finally switch trousers, contend with a crab, and manage to nearly fall to their death a few dozen times.