The Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy: The Complete Collection, volume 3
- Liberty (MGM, 1929, 20m)
- We Faw Down (MGM, 1928, 21m)
- A Lucky Dog (Sun-Lite/Metro, 1922, silent, 24m)
- Love ‘Em and Weep (Pathe Exchange, 1927, silent, 24m)
- the Oliver Hardy solo short Along Came Auntie (Pathe Exchange, 1926, silent, 24m)
- the Charley Chase/Oliver Hardy short Bromo and Juliet (Pathe, 1926, silent, 24m) (more…)
Laurel and Hardy and Friends – 10th entry in the Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy
In short, Laurel and Hardy and Friends is supposed to be the 10th edition of The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy – but in truth, there are only two Laurel and Hardy films here – Be Big! and The Stolen Jools. The remaining shorts feature Charley Chase, Our Gang, and Buster Keaton. The films included are: (more…)
TCM Archives – The Laurel and Hardy Collection (The Devil’s Brother / Bonnie Scotland) (1933)
Laurel and Hardy star in two of their best films, Bonnie Scotland and The Devil’s Brother. Both movies are some of Stan and Ollie’s best work. They are both “talking” films as opposed to their earlier silent movies, both in black and white. The movies themselves are hilariously funny; one of the funniest moments in The Devil’s Brother is when Stan Laurel is being forced by the not-so-villainous Fra Diavolo to hang Ollie for the crime of impersonating Fra Diavolo. Ollie complains the whole while that Stan is hurting his neck.
In The Devil’s Brother, Stan Laurel is referred to as Stanlio, and Oliver Hardy is referred to as Ollio. These are the names that they are still known under in Italy. Bonnie Scotland is, perhaps, not quite as funny, but still quite good. I love the routine with Stan using snuff for the first time, and how poor Ollie ends up falling off the bridge because of it.
Many extras on the 2-DVD set add to the “bang for the buck”. These include commentaries on both movies by Laurel and Hardy fans Richard W. Bann and Leonard Maltin. It also includes a full-length documentary Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story, and excerpts of Laurel and Hardy routines from several otherwise ignorable films:
review of Laurel & Hardy DVD (1933) – DVD compilation of Laurel and Hardy’s best talking films – Sons of the Desert, The Music Box, Another Fine Mess, Busy Bodies, County Hospital
Editorial review of Laurel & Hardy DVD (1933) – courtesy of Amazon.com
For one-stop convenience, you can’t beat this handy compilation of Laurel and Hardy classics. Although it’s modestly priced and packaged, this DVD packs plenty of extras along with Stan & Ollie’s finest feature and several of the comedy duo’s best-loved “talkie” shorts. Sons of the Desert (1933) is the crown jewel in any Laurel and Hardy collection, and with Charley Chase as their stellar comedy costar, the boys reached the pinnacle of their unique partnership, playing a pair of Fez-wearing “Sons of the Desert” sneaking off to a convention in Chicago, but their wives discover the ruse with hilarious results. For Laurel and Hardy fans, it simply doesn’t get any better than this, although 1932’s “The Music Box” shares equal status – and a 1932 Oscar® for Best Comedy Short – in the Laurel and Hardy pantheon.
The remaining shorts on the disc (“Another Fine Mess,” “Busy Bodies,” and “County Hospital” ) were produced during the prime of Stan and Ollie sound-era success (1930-33), each boasting their own timeless bits and flawless routines. Abundant laughs are virtually guaranteed. (more…)
Laurel and Hardy Collection, Vol. 2 (A Haunting we Will Go / Dancing Masters / Bullfighters)
The Laurel and Hardy Collection volume 2 is a collection of three of the films that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made for the 20th Century Fox studio in the 1940’s after they left the Hal Roach studio where they had first become famous. Unlike the Roach studio, Stan and Ollie had little creative control over these films, and it shows. It’s not that these are bad films – I personally like The Dancing Masters very much – it’s a personal favorite. But it should be known that these are “lesser” Laurel and Hardy films. Which are superior to most modern comedies. (more…)
The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy: The Complete Collection, Vol. 4 (1925)
The Stan Laurel Collection (Slapstick Symposium) (1925)
Editorial review of The Stan Laurel Collection (Slapstick Symposium) (1925) – courtesy of Amazon.com
The great Stan Laurel was 37 years old when he definitively teamed up with Oliver Hardy in 1927. So what had he done up till then? The Stan Laurel Collection valuably fills in a gap, with 17 comedy shorts Laurel made for producer Hal Roach between 1923 and 1925. Laurel was already a veteran vaudevillian, with many previous stabs at film work, when he embarked on this series for Roach. The comic personality on display will not be instantly familiar to Laurel and Hardy fans.
Laurel & Hardy – Air Raid Wardens / Nothing but Trouble
Laurel and Hardy made two films for the MGM studios in the 1940’s – Air Raid Wardens (1943) and Nothing But Trouble (1944). Both films followed the MGM studio film formula at the time, which was not the best fit for the boys’ style of comedy. Even so, both are enjoyable and worth watching. (more…)
Review of The Laurel and Hardy Collection, volume 1 (Great Guns / Jitterbugs / The Big Noise)
After Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy left the Hal Roach studios, they made several movies for 20th Century Fox. Unlike at the smaller Roach studio, Laurel and Hardy were relatively small cogs in a fairly large machine. They had much less control over the making of their movies than previously. Although not of the same caliber of their earlier films, they still had their charms, and are worth watching. In The Laurel and Hardy Collection volume 1, the following movies are included: (more…)
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, and slap fights–in short, a collection that truly qualifies as a must-have for connoisseurs of comedy. The collection contains the sound films that Laurel and Hardy made for producer Hal Roach, the man who teamed the simpering English vaudeville player and the rotund American actor in the first place (although their laughs are evenly divided, Laurel was the creative force and chief gag-inventor of the duo). (more…)