Laurel and Hardy

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,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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They Go Boom! Oliver Hardy sneezing keeps Stan Laurel awake

They Go Boom!

They Go Boom! (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall

They Go Boom! Oliver Hardy sneezing keeps Stan Laurel awakeIn 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.

They Go Boom! Oliver Hardy sufferingStan 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…)

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Walter Long, Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel in The Live Ghost

The Live Ghost

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…)

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Helpmates (1932) Laurel and Hardy film, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Helpmates

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…)

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Movie review of Laurel and Hardy's Swiss Miss, starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, with Eric Blore, Walter Woolf King, Grete Natzler

Swiss Miss

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).

SWISS MISS, from left: Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel [aka Laurel & Hardy], 1938Once 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.

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The Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy: The Complete Collection volume 3

The Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy: The Complete Collection, volume 3

The Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy, volume 3Buy The Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy: The Complete Collection volume 3 from Amazon.com The Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy continue in the third volume, with more of their early films, both together and by themselves.

  • 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…)
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Laurel and Hardy and Friends

Laurel and Hardy and Friends – 10th entry in the Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy

Laurel and Hardy and Friends - DVD coverBuy Laurel and Hardy and Friends volume 10 from Amazon.com 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…)

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