Two Tars

Two Tars

Theatrical poster
Directed by James Parrott
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Leo McCarey (story)
H.M. Walker (titles)
Starring Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Cinematography George Stevens
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by


HIT Entertainment (1990)
Release dates
  • November 3, 1928 (1928-11-03)
Running time
21 min.
Country United States
Language Silent film
English (Original intertitles)

Two Tars is a Laurel and Hardy short film, directed by James Parrott and released in 1928. A silent film, it largely consists of a 'reciprocal destruction' involving motorists in a traffic jam, which has much inventive mayhem with the destruction of various automobiles.


Sailors on leave, Laurel and Hardy pick up two girls and spend the afternoon driving in the country. They find themselves in the middle of a huge traffic jam. Tempers boil over among the motorists, and soon the street is a mess of mangled cars and car parts.



One of the most elaborate silent comedy shorts, "Two Tars" was filmed as a three reel comedy originally called "Two Tough Tars" and edited to two reels. The opening scenes were shot on Main Street in Culver City, and the car battle scenes were filmed in Santa Monica along what is now Centinela Boulevard.

The Sons of the Desert

Chapters — called Tents — of The Sons of the Desert, the international Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society, all take their names from L&H films. There are four Two Tars Tents in Solingen, Germany; Guernsey, Channel Islands; North Illinois/Wisconsin Border; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A fifth Two Tars Tent was established in Reidsville, North Carolina, but is no longer active.


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