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The Music Box (1932), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert

The Music Box [Laurel and Hardy]

The Music Box (1932), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert

Synopsis of The Music Box

In The Music Box, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are furniture movers with a simple task.  All they have to do is deliver a piano.  Up a long flight of steps.  While the piano keeps rolling down the steps at every opportunity.  And having to deal with the reluctant customer

Review of The Music Box

In short, The Music Box is one of the funniest short films that I’ve ever seen, or ever will.  It’s the only Laurel and Hardy film to win an Oscar, which is well-deserved.  The film builds slowly, with one minor obstacle after the other.  Each obstacle is slightly larger than the one before, building into a crescendo of comedy.  And that musical piano keeps rolling down the steps …

The first obstacle is their mule, Susie, who “helps” them unload the piano by pulling the cart forward, as Stan Laurel is trying to unload the piano.  Onto Oliver Hardy‘s back.

The second obstacle is a nanny, who tries to get down the long stairway with her baby buggy.  And in the process, the piano is bumped, and back down the steps it goes!  The nanny laughs at the situation at the bottom of the hill, and Stan’s temper gets the better of him.  And he gets punched by her, and poor Oliver gets a baby bottle broken over his head.  And she then tells a police officer, who calls them down when they’re halfway up … and down goes the piano!

After the officer “bounds over his steps” and delivers some slapstick, it’s back up the stairs … and Billy Gilbert appears, as a stuffy professor who refuses to walk around.  Verbal abuse becomes physical, and Stan knocks off his hat.  Which goes down the steps, into the street, and flattened by a car.

There’s much more, including the damage to the house once they get there, but I won’t spoil it.  In short, if you haven’t seen The Music Box, go see it.  You’ll laugh out loud at one of the finest examples of film clowning that you’ll ever see.

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Kneesy, Earsy, Nosey is a game of coordination and dexterity, which is particularly played by Stan Laurel in the movie Fra Diavolo, to the great despair of Oliver Hardy.It quickly became a fad shortly after this film was released

Kneesy, Earsy, Nosey

Kneesy, Earsy, Nosey – a do as I do routine

Kneesy, Earsy, Nosey is a game of coordination and dexterity, which is particularly played by Stan Laurel in the movie Fra Diavolo, to the great despair of Oliver Hardy.It quickly became a fad shortly after this film was released.  Kneesy, Earsy, Nosey consists of clapping the knees with both hands, and then alternatively grab the left ear with right hand while grab the nose with the left hand, clap again the knees, and then grab the right ear with left hand while grab the nose with the right hand. Then you proceed to do it increasingly faster. (more…)

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Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel in their zoot suits in Jitterbugs

Laurel and Hardy photo gallery

Photo gallery of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the very funny comedy team of Laurel and Hardy (more…)

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Jitterbugs (1943) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bob Bailey, Vivian Blaine

Jitterbugs

Jitterbugs (1943) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bob Bailey, Vivian Blaine

Buy Jitterbugs from Amazon.com Jitterbugs is, hands down, one of the funniest Laurel and Hardy films that I’ve ever seen. The jitterbug ending, especially, is laugh out loud hilarious — literally. The movie begins with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy driving across the country as not-too-successful musicians, and are soon picked up by a likable con man (Bob Bailey) who uses the unwitting duo to sell his bogus “gas pill” (think free gasoline) at every stop — and soon have lots of dissatisfied people chasing them. (more…)

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The Dancing Masters, starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

The Dancing Masters

The Dancing Masters, starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Trudy Marshall, Robert Bailey, Margaret Dumont

Editorial review of The Dancing Masters courtesy of Amazon.com

This Laurel and Hardy vehicle casts Stan and Ollie as the proprietors of the “Arthur Hurry” dance studio. Despite a rather sizeable student body, the boys would starve to death were it not for their only paying customer, socialite Trudy Harlan (Trudy Marshall). Trudy is in love with Grant Lawrence (Robert Bailey), an aspiring inventor who needs financial backing for his revolutionary new flame thrower. (more…)

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Laurel and Hardy's comedy, The Bohemian Girl

The Bohemian Girl

The Bohemian Girl (1936) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, James Finlayson, Thelma Todd

Laurel and Hardy's comedy, The Bohemian Girl

Many people think of The Bohemian Girl as the answer to the trivia question, “What was Thelma Todd‘s final film?”  €”And that’s a crying shame.  The Bohemian Girl is actually one of my favorite Laurel and Hardy films, for several reasons.  It’s quick-paced, with some excellent comedic bits between Stan and Ollie.  The interplay between Oliver Hardy and Mae Busch (who plays his nagging, unfaithful wife) is very funny, with their perennial foil James Finlayson making an appearance at the end as “Captain Finn”, captain of the guard for the harsh Count Arnheim. (more…)

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Two Tars (1928) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall, Thelma Hill, Ruby Blaine

Two Tars

Two Tars (1928) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall, Thelma Hill, Ruby Blaine

Two Tars (1928) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall, Thelma Hill, Ruby BlaineTwo Tars is a classic Laurel and Hardy short film, dealing with a basic concept.  Stan and Ollie are two sailors on leave, who simply want to go on a date with their respective girlfriends.  They rent a car and get stuck in a traffic jam.  It’s the tit for tat escalating destruction between the irate motorists that make this a comedy classic. (more…)

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The Final Film of Laurel and Hardy: A Study of the Chaotic Making and Marketing of Atoll K,

The Final Film of Laurel and Hardy

Book Description: The Final Film of Laurel and Hardy: A Study of the Chaotic Making and Marketing of Atoll K

The Final Film of Laurel and Hardy: A Study of the Chaotic Making and Marketing of Atoll K,Buy from Amazon.com The remarkable story behind the planning, development and marketing of Laurel and Hardy‘s ill-received final film, Atoll K, has been little explored. Details on the script development, cast, crew, locations, and even basic information on running times and release dates have been sketchy at best since the film’s 1951 release. This work reconstructs the circumstances surrounding this unusual international co-production (Atoll K was a French-Italian film with English-speaking stars). Through lost documents detailing the film’s production and funding, previously unreleased behind-the-scenes photos, and a rare interview with French movie star Suzy Delair, the author explores the continuous changes to the film’s script during its chaotic production and the final marketing of the film’s many different versions (Atoll K was also released as Robinson Crusoeland in the United Kingdom and as Utopia in the United States). Several appendices detail alternative sequences and cut scenes in various versions of the film and include French box-office reports from 1951 to 1952 as well as a complete filmography. (more…)

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Putting Pants on Philip - movie poster - Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel

Putting Pants on Philip

Putting Pants on Philip (1927) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

The basic plot of Putting Pants on Philip deals with the stuffy J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Oliver Hardy) meeting his Scottish nephew, Philip (Stan Laurel) at the docks, where he’s arriving for a visit.  One of the funniest bits of the movie is the medical exam the ship’s doctor has to give Stan before allowing him to disembark, with Stan Laurel’s gift for physical comedy in full effect. (more…)

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Bacon Grabbers - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Bacon Grabbers

Bacon Grabbers (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall

If you’re familiar with the current reality TV series “Repo Men”, you should be warned that back in 1929 the term “Bacon Grabbers” meant repossession men.

The 1929 Laurel and Hardy silent short film, Bacon Grabbers, deals with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy working as “bacon grabbers” who have been sent to repossess a radio from Edgar Kennedy, who has fallen behind of his payments. Laurel and Hardy try to serve a subpoena to repossess it but Edgar Kennedy refuses to let them into the house.  This is the central conflict of the short film. (more…)

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