Laurel and Hardy
Movie posters from Saps at Sea, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – where Oliver is suffering from “hornophobia” and needs complete rest – which he doesn’t find, when an escaped criminal stowaways on board Ollie’s boat. This was Laurel and Hardy‘s last movie for the Roach Studios, and some fans consider it to be the last “true” Laurel and Hardy film. (more…)
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…)
Laurel and Hardy‘s short film Twice Two (1933)
Synopsis of Laurel and Hardy’s short film, Twice Two starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
Brain specialist Oliver Hardy and his assistant Stan Laurel married each other’s sister a year ago, and phone their wives to plan a special anniversary dinner — but the wives have a special dinner at home planned, which falls apart once the wives start fighting with each other. (more…)
Forgotten Laurel and Hardy film clip found – clowning around with a telescope
A forgotten Laurel and Hardy film clip, made for MGM distributors (not the general public) has been found. It features Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy clowning around with a telescope, as well as their perennial foil, Jimmy Finlayson. Courtesy of YouTube, here it is:
The Lucky Dog (1919) Laurel and Hardy’s first film together
The Lucky Dog (1921) was the first film featuring the famous comedy duo of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, later known as Laurel and Hardy. Though they appear together, they are here not the comedy team that they would later become. Oliver plays, as he did in many of his early films, a villain – a thief, who tries to rob the hapless Stan, who loses money in the process, thanks to the dog that Stan has befriended. The team would not appear together again for several years. (more…)
A Chump at Oxford (1940) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Forrester Harvey, Charlie Hall, Peter Cushing
A Chump at Oxford is one of Laurel and Hardy‘s best films, on many levels. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are hired as the maid and butler, respectively. Yes, Stan is in drag, recreating the character of “Agnes” from Another Fine Mess. Stan does this for a dinner party – which they promptly ruin. A very funny scene, especially when someone asks Stan to serve his salad undressed 🙂 Stan and Ollie are then reduced to street sweepers, who inadvertently foil a bank robbery.
They are rewarded by the president of the bank with the finest education that money can buy – at Oxford University in England! The boys journey to Oxford, are “pranked” by some of the students, including a very young Peter Cushing. All is set right, the pranksters are expelled, and it is revealed that Stan used to be “a leading professor and athlete” at Oxford. Until he hit his head years ago, resulting in his muddle-headed Stan character. Sure enough, he is hit on his head and regains his rightful character of Lord Paddington. A very funny role reversal happens, with Stan pushing around Ollie as his valet, “Fatty.” (more…)
Block-Heads (1938) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Billy Gilbert
Block-Heads is one of Laurel and Hardy‘s best films, a very rapid series of funny skits, strung together with a simple story. Set in 1938, decades after the end of World War I, Stan Laurel is still in the trenches, fighting the war! He is brought home to America and given a place to stay in a soldier’s home — and his old Army buddy, Oliver Hardy, decides to pick him up and bring him to Ollie’s house for a home-cooked meal. And so, the carnage begins … (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.