Brats - movie poster - starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy


Brats (1930) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Laurel and Hardy‘s short film, Brats, has been often imitated, never duplicated, and extremely funny.  The basic premise is that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are staying at home, watching their sons while their wives are out.  They also play the role of their sons, using, using over-sized furniture and split screen shots.  The film begins with the fathers playing checkers, where the dimwitted Stan is easily beating Ollie – a very funny scene.  The little boys seem to keep fighting, and interrupting the adults.  Whether it’s fighting over blocks, who’s going to be “it”, or breaking a vase, the little boys are constantly getting into trouble until their fathers send them into bed. (more…)

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Hog Wild - colorized photo of Oliver Hardy in the fountain ... again

Hog Wild

movie review of Hog Wild (1930) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Hog Wild begins simply enough, with Oliver Hardy at home, looking for his hat … With his wife and maid snickering at him since it’s on his head the entire time.  Once Ollie realizes that he attempts to rescue a little of his dignity, and announces that he’s going out.  His controlling wife, however, lets him know in no uncertain terms that he’s putting up the radio antenna on the roof.  (more…)

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The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

The Laurel and Hardy Murder Case - fishing on the dockThe Laurel-Hardy Murder Case is more of a spoof of the haunted house movie, rather than an actual murder mystery, but the interplay between Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy make it all worthwhile. The movie begins with Laurel and Hardy fishing off the end of a pier, when they discover that Stanley’s rich uncle Ebenezer had died, leaving a fortune. However, once Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy arrive at the mansion for the reading of the will, they learn that Uncle Ebenezer was murdered, and the police detective investigating the murder is keeping Stan and all of the other relatives at the mansion until the murderer is found. (more…)

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