Two Tars

Two Tars (1928) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall, Thelma Hill, Ruby Blaine

Two Tars (1928) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall, Thelma Hill, Ruby BlaineTwo Tars is a classic Laurel and Hardy short film, dealing with a basic concept.  Stan and Ollie are two sailors on leave, who simply want to go on a date with their respective girlfriends.  They rent a car and get stuck in a traffic jam.  It’s the tit for tat escalating destruction between the irate motorists that make this a comedy classic. Continue reading

Bacon Grabbers

Bacon Grabbers (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall

If you’re familiar with the current reality TV series “Repo Men”, you should be warned that back in 1929 the term “Bacon Grabbers” meant repossession men.

The 1929 Laurel and Hardy silent short film, Bacon Grabbers, deals with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy working as “bacon grabbers” who have been sent to repossess a radio from Edgar Kennedy, who has fallen behind of his payments. Laurel and Hardy try to serve a subpoena to repossess it but Edgar Kennedy refuses to let them into the house.  This is the central conflict of the short film. Continue reading

They Go Boom!

They Go Boom! (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall

They Go Boom! Oliver Hardy sneezing keeps Stan Laurel awakeIn They Go Boom!, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are simply trying to sleep through the night in a rented room. Oliver, however, is suffering from a cold, and his sneezing is keeping Stanley awake.  Likewise, Stan’s snoring is keeping Ollie awake. Stan tries to “help” but keeps making things worse.  Things such as closing the blind, only for it to roll back up noisily.nailing a fallen picture back up only to puncture a water pipe so that Oliver gets soaked, making a “plaster” for Ollie’s chest (that ends up on his bottom instead), and making a foot bath of hot water (with something else mixed in the water), etc.

They Go Boom! Oliver Hardy sufferingStan tries to coat Oliver’s throat with medicine, having Ollie accidentally swallow the thing, nearly choking in the process. Adding insult to injury, Oliver’s air mattress becomes deflated.  They try to re-inflate it, eventually trying to use gas to inflate it …  A point that becomes important later on. Continue reading

The Live Ghost

Laurel and Hardy’s The Live Ghost (1934) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Walter Lang

On one hand, The Live Ghost is a very typical Laurel and Hardy short film – in fact, it co-stars all of the Roach Studio players that we typically find in a Laurel and Hardy film (Walter Long as the gruff sea captain, Arthur Housman as an inebriated sailor, Charlie Hall as another sailor and Mae Busch as the “floozy”) except for James Finlayson.  The basic plot has Walter Long as a gruff sea captain, who’s having trouble hiring sailors to work on his ship, since it has a reputation for being haunted.  He hires Laurel and Hardy to help him shanghai a crew (in a very funny extended scene, with Stan and Ollie and a bag of boiled eggs), ending with not only the sailors being shanghaied but Laurel and Hardy as well. Continue reading

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. Continue reading