Laurel and Hardy

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).

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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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Zenobia, starring Oliver Hardy, Billie Burke, Harry Langdon

Zenobia

Zenobia (1939), starring Oliver Hardy, Billie Burke, Harry Langdon

Zenobia, starring Oliver Hardy, Billie Burke, Harry LangdonLike The Fighting KentuckianZenobia 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…)

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Laughing Gravy, starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall

Laughing Gravy

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.

Laughing Gravy, starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie HallStan, 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…)

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TCM Archives - The Laurel and Hardy Collection (The Devil's Brother / Bonnie Scotland) (1933)

TCM Archives – The Laurel and Hardy Collection

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.

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Bonnie Scotland (1935) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson

Bonnie Scotland

Bonnie Scotland (1935) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson

 Bonnie Scotland involves Laurel and Hardy heading to Scotland, where they hope to inherit “Stan MacLaurel’s” inheritance.  We see the pair walking into town as a blacksmith’s anvil hammers out their signature tune.  They check in at a local hotel, where the proprietor, Mrs. Bickerdike (Mary Gordon) tells the story of how Stan’s recently-deceased grandfather had his heart broken by Stan’s father, who had run away to America.  Meanwhile, at the reading of the will, the romantic love interest of the movie is revealed, as Stan’s cousin (played by the beautiful June Lang) is going to inherit the bulk of the estate, and is forced to travel to India to be near her “guardian”. The lawyer’s clerk is in love with her, and is dismayed by the turn of events.

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Be Big - colorized photo of Oliver Hardy - "I'll be quicker than quick!"

Be Big!

Be Big! (1931) – Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Charlie Hall

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy almost make it to Atlantic City for a weekend getaway with their wives, when Ollie gets a phone call from Cookie, a lodge buddy. Cookie tells Ollie that a stag party is being held at the lodge that night in their honor, and reveals tempting details of the event when Ollie says they won’t be able to attend.  Cookie reminds him that “No man is bigger than the excuses he makes to his wife … so be big!” (more…)

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Air Raid Wardens (1943) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy

Air Raid Wardens

Air Raid Wardens (1943) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy

Synopsis of Laurel and Hardy’s Air Raid Wardens

Air Raid Wardens – Proving themselves inept in a series of failed businesses, shortly after opening a bicycle shop Laurel and Hardy go off to enlist, only to be turned down by every branch of the armed services.  Returning home, the local newspaper publisher encourages them to do their patriotic duty in Civilian Defense.  The boys do so, after agreeing to share their shop space with a radio shop, not realizing that the proprietor is a Nazi saboteur seeking to destroy the local magnesium plant. (more…)

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