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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?
L&H Do Detectives Think 1927.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFred Guiol
Produced byHal Roach
Written byHal Roach
H.M. Walker (titles)
StarringStan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
November 20, 1927
Running time
19 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles



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.[1]



Canadian musician Nash the Slash chose his stage name based on the character in Do Detectives Think.[2]


  1. ^ "Laurel and Hardy in Sugar Daddies". Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  2. ^ Nash the Slash, at the Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia, by Jaimie Vernon et al., published 2011; retrieved May 13, 2014

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