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Way Out West (1937)

The 1937 comedy  Way Out West has a simple plot that sees Laurel and Hardy arrive in the western frontier town of Brushwood Gulch to deliver an inheritance. This is in the form of the deeds to a gold mine, which they are to hand over to Mary Roberts (Rosina Lawrence), the daughter of a late prospector friend.  But in the saloon, Stan and Ollie get tricked by the owner, Mickey Finn (James Finlayson), who persuades his wife, vaudeville singer Lola (Sharon Lynne), "The Singing Nightingale", to pretend that she is the daughter and that they should give the valuable deeds to her instead.  Being simple boys at heart, Stan and Ollie are easily fooled. But when they discover the deception, they try desperately to get the deeds back. Their efforts are complicated by the fact that the local Sheriff (Stanley Fields) is constantly trying to run them out of town for thinking that they were earlier making advances to his wife.  Stan and  Ollie fight over the deeds with Lola (Sharon Lynne)

Classic TV: Red Dwarf VI (1993)

The sixth season of sci-fi comedy  Red Dwarf  appeared in October 1993 as  Red Dwarf VI . A new director was brought in for this series, Andy de Emmony, and this would be the last BBC series based around the established foursome of Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles), Cat (Danny John-Jules) and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), before a fifth character joined the ship's crew in series 7. One character who is missing this time is the ship's computer Holly, formerly played by Norman Lovett (in the first two series ) and then by Hattie Hayridge in the third , fourth and fifth seasons.  The only other significant change to the format for this season is that the crew awake from suspended animation to find that they have now lost  Red Dwarf  itself. The subsequent episodes are loosely linked by their faltering attempts to recover it. This season sees the series continue on good form, although it does occasionally re-run ideas from earlier episodes and the scripts are more relian