While not exactly high art, this Laurel and Hardy feature is brisk and silly and charming in all the right ways, and its dance sequence is one of the most delightful moments in all of screen comedy. Early in the movie, as the boys arrive in Brushwood Gulch, they pause to listen to the Avalon Boys performing "At the Ball, That's All," and they commence a-dancing, showcasing their splendid comic poetry and synchronization and connection. As for the rest of the movie, Way Out West busily rushes through its plot setup, establishing the villains, the victim, and the MacGuffin that everyone is after.
The rest of the movie is spent tying up these threads with a wide array of gags, some of which are hilarious, others of which are worthy of a smile or a giggle. One of the best scenes is also the simplest. Stan gets his hands on the deed and secures it inside his coat, while the villainous Lola tries to get it back -- by tickling him. Stan's uninhibited peals of laughter are totally contagious, and it's difficult not to laugh hysterically along with him. Overall, Way Out West lacks the careful construction of a comedy by, say Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton, and it's even a little less rambunctious than their earlier Sons of the Desert, but the talent and charisma of its two stars are still undeniable.