Laurel and Hardy
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…)
Bacon Grabbers (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall
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…)
They Go Boom! (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall
In They Go Boom!, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are simply trying to sleep through the night in a rented room. Oliver, however, is suffering from a cold, and his sneezing is keeping Stanley awake. Likewise, Stan’s snoring is keeping Ollie awake. Stan tries to “help” but keeps making things worse. Things such as closing the blind, only for it to roll back up noisily.nailing a fallen picture back up only to puncture a water pipe so that Oliver gets soaked, making a “plaster” for Ollie’s chest (that ends up on his bottom instead), and making a foot bath of hot water (with something else mixed in the water), etc.
Stan tries to coat Oliver’s throat with medicine, having Ollie accidentally swallow the thing, nearly choking in the process. Adding insult to injury, Oliver’s air mattress becomes deflated. They try to re-inflate it, eventually trying to use gas to inflate it … A point that becomes important later on. (more…)
Laurel and Hardy’s The Live Ghost (1934) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Walter Lang
On one hand, The Live Ghost is a very typical Laurel and Hardy short film – in fact, it co-stars all of the Roach Studio players that we typically find in a Laurel and Hardy film (Walter Long as the gruff sea captain, Arthur Housman as an inebriated sailor, Charlie Hall as another sailor and Mae Busch as the “floozy”) except for James Finlayson. The basic plot has Walter Long as a gruff sea captain, who’s having trouble hiring sailors to work on his ship, since it has a reputation for being haunted. He hires Laurel and Hardy to help him shanghai a crew (in a very funny extended scene, with Stan and Ollie and a bag of boiled eggs), ending with not only the sailors being shanghaied but Laurel and Hardy as well. (more…)
Helpmates (1932) Laurel and Hardy film, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
The Laurel and Hardy film Helpmates begins with Oliver Hardy remonstrating someone for their bad behavior – “I used to have such high hopes for you!” – as the camera pans back to let the audience see that he’s talking to his mirror, chewing himself out for misbehaving while his wife is away visiting her mother in Chicago. He had a wild part and totally trashed his house. A telegram arrives with the news that his wife will unexpectedly arrive home by noon. In a panic, Oliver calls Stan Laurel to come and help him clean up this mess. After a very funny telephone conversation, where Stan explains why he wasn’t at Ollie’s party last night, Oliver tells him to get over there immediately. Almost before Oliver has a chance to hang up the telephone, Stan is knocking at his front door. (more…)
Swiss Miss (1938), starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
Movie review of Laurel and Hardy’s Swiss Miss, starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, with Eric Blore, Walter Woolf King, Grete Natzler
The best word to describe Laurel and Hardy‘s feature film, Swiss Miss, is probably “disappointing.” The basic premise is promising: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are mousetrap salesmen, who have decided that their business will prosper if they go to where the most mice are; and the most mice are where the most cheese is found – Switzerland! (Actually, as someone from Wisconsin, they should have come here instead, but it would have been a much shorter film).
Once in Switzerland, after nearly demolishing a factory owner’s office, they sell him their total inventory. And they are paid in five thousand “gruel”. They celebrate by having an elaborate meal at their hotel, insulting the chef in the process. “No apple pie? I’ve had better chefs than you discharged for not having apple pie!” Only to find out that their money is worthless. They are reduced to working in the kitchen to pay off their enormous bill. And for every dish they break, they have to work an extra day.
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…)
Zenobia (1939), starring Oliver Hardy, Billie Burke, Harry Langdon
Like The Fighting Kentuckian, Zenobia is one of the few movies that Oliver Hardy made without his partner Stan Laurel after their partnership. Unlike The Fighting Kentuckian, however, in Zenobia Oliver Hardy is the star of the show, and he carries the comedy very well. The basic plot has a country doctor named Tibbett, played very well by Oliver Hardy, married to a scatterbrained wife (played wonderfully by Billie Burke). The movie begins with Oliver Hardy’s Dr. Tibbett delivering a baby boy … for a family that already has at least 5 daughters. Oliver Hardy tells the father, about his medical bill, “Don’t worry … this one’s on me.” In addition to being visually funny, it also sets a characteristic of Dr. Tibbett – that he’s a fine doctor, but a lousy businessman; this becomes important later on. (more…)
Laughing Gravy (1931) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall
Laughing Graving is a short Laurel and Hardy film that deals with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy trying to hide the existence of their dog, (whose screen name was the same as his real name, Laughing Gravy – hence the name of the movie) – and failing miserably. The movie begins with Stan and Ollie in bed, when Stan’s snoring wakes up Ollie. Oliver, after suffering in silence for a few moments wakes up Stan.
Stan, in a very clownish way, drinks a glass of water and tries to go back to sleep. Only to wake up the dog, whose barking rouses their landlord, played by Roach Studios regular Charlie Hall. The landlord throws the dog out, and Stan decides that he’s going to rescue his dog. Ollie insists on doing it, however, since Stan will wake up the landlord. Ollie succeeds in finding Laughing Gravy, only to be locked out of the building. This basic scenario is repeated several times, resulting in Ollie falling into a frozen barrel of rainwater, locking himself out of the apartment window, climbing down (and destroying) the brick chimney, etc. (more…)