Movie reviews

Oliver the Eighth (1934) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch

Oliver the Eighth [Laurel and Hardy]

Oliver the Eighth (1934) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch

Synopsis of Oliver the Eighth

In Oliver the Eighth, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are working as barbers.  Ollie responds to a newspaper ad and leaves to wed a wealthy widow.  Stan tags along later, upset since Oliver beat him to it! Mae Busch plays the diabolical widow, who has killed her first seven husbands, all named Oliver …

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Wrong Again (1929), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

Wrong Again

Wrong Again (1929), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

Synopsis of Wrong Again

In Wrong Again, the boys mistake a horse named Blue Boy for the painting named Blue Boy. And try to return the stolen Blue Boy for the reward …

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In Should Married Men Go Home? Stan Laurel invites himself into Oliver Hardy's home, causes chaos, takes Ollie golfing, creates more chaos - mud fight!

Should Married Men Go Home? [Laurel and Hardy]

Should Married Men Go Home? (1928) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall

Synopsis

In Should Married Men Go Home?, an unexpected visit from Stan Laurel creates moments of awkwardness for Oliver Hardy and his wife, until Ollie agrees to join Stan on the golf course. Once there, the leisurely outing turns into mud-slinging mayhem.

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Angora Love - Laurel and Hardy's final silent film for Hal Roach, where they're "adopted" by a goat that nearly gets them evicted

Angora Love (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall

Synopsis

In Angora Love (1929) Stanley and Oliver are adopted by a runaway goat, whose noise and aroma in turn get the goat of their suspicious landlord. Attempts to bathe the smelly animal result in a waterlogged free-for-all

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Busy Bodies (1933) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall

Busy Bodies

Busy Bodies (1933) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall

Synopsis of Busy Bodies

Being employed as carpenters, Stanley and Oliver stumble through a hilarious parade of self-inflicted mishaps, only to retreat hastily … and drive their car into a band saw! It’s a very funny short film – one of their very best. It’s a “talkie” film, with lots of sound effects that complement the mayhem in the wood shop.

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Towed in a Hole (1932), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert

Towed in a Hole

Towed in a Hole (1932), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbe

Synopsis of Towed in a Hole

Ollie and Stan (with black eyes) in Towed in a Hole

Traveling fish peddlers Laurel and Hardy – crabs a specialty – devise a big business idea: buy a dilapidated old boat to fix up and “eliminate the middle-man.” What could possibly go wrong in Towed in a Hole?

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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 (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

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

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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