Do Detectives Think? (1927)

35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

An American borderline horror film directed by Fred Guiol. It was the first time that Laurel and Hardy appeared in their trademark crumpled suits and bowler hats. The film was remade as the non-genre Going Bye-Bye! (1934).

Plot Summary

The Tipton Slasher escapes from prison and threatens the life of the judge who sentenced him to death. A pair of inept are hired to protect him, but they have to get past a spooky graveyard first…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Fred Guiol
© MCMLXXVII [1927] Pathé Exchange, Inc
Hal Roach presents
Story by: Hal E. Roach
Titles by: H.M. Walker

Stan Laurel [Ferdinand Finkleberry]
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] *
Ed Brandenburg [courtroom spectator] *
Charles Lloyd [juror] *

Alternative Titles

I detective pensano? – Italian title
Detetives Pensam? – Brazilian title
Dick und Doof: Das Fleischermesser an der Gurgel – West German television title
Dick und Doof: Die Rache des Raubmörders – West German television title
Die Rache des Raubmörders – German television title
Les deux détectives – French re-release title
Police-secours – French title
Zwei Herren dick und doof: Das Fleischermesser an der Gurgel – West German television title
Думают ли детективы? – Russian title

Extracts included in
The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy (1967)