Laurel and Hardy

Do Detectives Think? Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

Do Detectives Think?

Do Detectives Think? (1927) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson

Do Detectives Think? is an early Laurel and Hardy silent film.  In fact, this is the first Laurel and Hardy short where Stan and Ollie wear their trademark derby hats.  The basic plot has an escaped murderer, “The Tipton Slasher” out for revenge on the judge who put him behind bars—played by the very funny James Finlayson, (more…)

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Blotto (1930) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin

Synopsis of Laurel and Hardy’s short film, Blotto

In Blotto, during the prohibition period in the United States, Laurel and Hardy make plans to spend a wild night out at the Rainbow club. Phoning Stan at home, Ollie suggests a plan to henpecked Stan on how to get out of the house. Stan offers to bring a bottle of liquor which his wife has hidden in the house. Mrs. Laurel, eavesdropping on another line, immediately launches a scheme of her own: she replaces the alcohol with a non-alcoholic mixture. Stan and Ollie proceed to get “drunk” at the nightclub, having a wonderful time, until an angry Mrs. Laurel turns up armed with a shotgun, reveals that their “liquor” is merely cold tea, chases them into the street, and demolishes their cab with one well-aimed shot. (more…)

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Unaccustomed as we are (1929), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Edgar Kennedy

Unaccustomed As We Are

movie review for Laurel and Hardy‘s first speaking film, Unaccustomed As We Are (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Thelma Todd, Edgar Kennedy

Unaccustomed as we are (1929), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Edgar KennedyUnaccustomed As We Are is remembered primarily as the first talking film by the great comedy duo of Laurel and Hardy, and this is correct.  However, it’s also a very funny short film in its’ own right.  The basic plot has Oliver Hardy bringing his friend, Stan Laurel, home to dinner, unannounced.  His wife, played by Laurel and Hardy regular Mae Busch, is none too pleased, and after a short, furious, and funny fight, she walks out, leaving Oliver to cook the meal for Stan.

Ollie, however, hasn’t the first clue on how to cook, and after a ‘slight accident’ that involves exploding the gas stove in the kitchen, Oliver’s pretty neighbor, Mrs. Kennedy (played by the lovely Thelma Todd) volunteers to help — only for her dress to be damaged.

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Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy

Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy

Book review of Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy

Editorial review of Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy

Babe: the Life of Oliver HardyBuy from In this affectionate biography, John McCabe traces the life and times of one of America’s best-loved comics. Oliver “Babe” Hardy had been destined for a legal career, but he was obsessed with the motion picture industry and eventually moved to Hollywood. By the mid-1920s, he was working as an all-purpose comic at the legendary Hal Roach studio. Laurel and Hardy’s partnership with the pioneer filmmaker and producer began in 1926. Within a year of their first appearance, they were being touted as the new comedy duo. (more…)

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Stan Laurel holds Academy Awards Oscar presented to him for his creative pioneering in the field of cinema comedy on July 11, 1961. (AP Photo/Don Brinn)

Stan Laurel’s Eulogy

[Editor’s note: this is Stan Laurel’s eulogy, given by Dick Van Dyke at Stan’s funeral]

Thirty years ago, when the latest Laurel and Hardy movie played in my hometown in Illinois, I attended the Saturday matinees. That is to say, from about eleven A.M. to maybe nine or ten P.M.—or whenever my mother and father came to drag me home. (more…)

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James Finlayson as the teacher at the prison in Pardon Us

James Finlayson biography

James Finlayson – August 27, 1887 – October 9, 1953

James Finlayson, best known for his recurring roles in various Laurel and Hardy films as their foil, was born James Henderson Finlayson on August 27, 1887, in Larbert, Scotland, to his parents Alexander and Isabella.   (more…)

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Laurel and Hardy - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Laurel and Hardy

Laurel and Hardy – great comedy film duo, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Laurel and Hardy.  Stan and Ollie.  Skinny and Fatty.  In Italy, they are known as Stallio and Ollio.  In Germany, they are known as Dick und Doof (“€Fatty”€ and “€Stupid”€ ).  Whatever they are called, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are two of the best-known clowns in film history. (more…)

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Oliver Hardy in prison garb in "Pardon Us"

Oliver Hardy biography – Laurel and Hardy – another fine mess you’ve gotten me into!

Oliver Hardy Biography (January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957)

Oliver Hardy’s Early Years

On January 18, 1892, Norvell Hardy was born in Harlem, Georgia. It wasn’t until many years later that he adopted his father’s name, Oliver, as his own.  A tribute to the father that he never knew. (more…)

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Laurel and Hardy - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Biography of Stan Laurel, of Laurel and Hardy – I’m sorry, Ollie!

Biography of Arthur Stanley Jefferson, aka Stan Laurel (June 16, 1890 – February 23, 1965)

Stan Laurel, the tall, thin, “dumb” half of the team of Laurel and Hardy, is an interesting individual in his own right. Stan Laurel was of the pioneers of motion picture comedies. Stan and his partner Oliver Hardy were two of the rare individuals who made the successful transition from silent movies to talking pictures. But he is much more than that. For instance, few people are aware that he had a successful film career before teaming with “Ollie,” or that he produced, directed, wrote and edited much of the work that “The Boys” created. In many ways, his life parallels that of another film comedy great, Charlie Chaplin. Did you know that, unlike the southern Ollie, Stan was English? And did you know he was Chaplin’s understudy on the stage in their home country of England? (more…)

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