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…)
County Hospital (1932), starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
Stan Laurel has nothing better to do, so he decides to visit his friend Oliver Hardy, who’s recovering from a broken leg in the county hospital. The introduction is quite humorous, as the clueless Stan looks for Ollie in the wrong places, including the maternity ward — a classic moment. Eventually, he finds his way to Oliver’s room, where Oliver is enjoying himself immensely, enjoying his quiet, relaxing time in the hospital.
Soon after Stan’s arrival, the peace and quiet go “out the window” — quite literally. First, he drops a boiled egg in Oliver’s water pitcher, and in the process of retrieving it, he pours the water all over. Next, when Ollie’s physician, played by classic comic actor Billy Gilbert, comes in to check on his favorite patient, Stan beings playing with the weight attached to Oliver’s hospital bed (keeping his broken leg elevated). (more…)