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Brats - movie poster - starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Brats

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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