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Chickens Come Home (1931)

Chickens Come Home - Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel
Chickens Come Home (1931) – Laurel and Hardy short film, starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, Mae Busch, James Finlayson Chickens Come Home is a very funny Laurel and Hardy short film, where Oliver Hardy plays a successful businessman (running a “high class” fertilizer business), with a loving and beautiful wife (played by...
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Laurel and Hardy’s March of the Wooden Soldiers

Babes in Toyland, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
Laurel and Hardy’s March of the Wooden Soldiers aka Babes in Toyland (1934)  When people think of holiday classics, few people think of ”March of the Wooden Soldiers” by Laurel and Hardy—and that’s a pity. Based on Victor Herbert’s famous 1903 operetta, “Babes in Toyland,” it is a musical...
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You’re Darn Tootin’

You're Darn Tootin' - Oliver Hardy loses his pants, while Stan Laurel looks on
You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy You’re Darn Tootin’ is a very funny silent Laurel and Hardy film, which I can’t help but wonder how it would have been with sound.  The basic premise has Stan Laurel playing the clarinet, and Oliver Hardy the French horn....
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Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection

Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection
Editorial review of Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection, courtesy of Amazon.com “Eternal pals and eternal antagonists, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are the great partnership of movie slapstick. They finally get their DVD due with Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection, a 10-disc orgy of pratfalls, slow burns,...
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Do Detectives Think?

Do Detectives Think? Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
Do Detectives Think? (1927) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson Do Detectives Think? is an early Laurel and Hardy silent film.  In fact, this is the first Laurel and Hardy short where Stan and Ollie wear their trademark derby hats.  The basic plot has an escaped murderer, “The...
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Blotto

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Blotto (1930) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin Synopsis of Laurel and Hardy’s short film, Blotto In Blotto, during the prohibition period in the United States, Laurel and Hardy make plans to spend a wild night out at the Rainbow club. Phoning Stan at home, Ollie suggests...
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Unaccustomed As We Are

Unaccustomed as we are (1929), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Edgar Kennedy
movie review for Laurel and Hardy‘s first speaking film, Unaccustomed As We Are (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Thelma Todd, Edgar Kennedy Unaccustomed As We Are is remembered primarily as the first talking film by the great comedy duo of Laurel and Hardy, and this...
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Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy

Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy
Book review of Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy Editorial review of Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy  In this affectionate biography, John McCabe traces the life and times of one of America’s best-loved comics. Oliver “Babe” Hardy had been destined for a legal career, but he was...
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Stan Laurel’s Eulogy

Stan Laurel holds Academy Awards Oscar presented to him for his creative pioneering in the field of cinema comedy on July 11, 1961. (AP Photo/Don Brinn)
Thirty years ago, when the latest Laurel and Hardy movie played in my hometown in Illinois, I attended the Saturday matinees. That is to say, from about eleven A.M. to maybe nine or ten P.M.—or whenever my mother and father came to drag me home. From then on,...
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