Two Tars (1928) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall, Thelma Hill, Ruby Blaine
Two 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. (more…)
Bacon Grabbers (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Charlie Hall
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. (more…)
Air Raid Wardens (1943) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy
Synopsis of Laurel and Hardy’s Air Raid Wardens
Air Raid Wardens – Proving themselves inept in a series of failed businesses, shortly after opening a bicycle shop Laurel and Hardy go off to enlist, only to be turned down by every branch of the armed services. Returning home, the local newspaper publisher encourages them to do their patriotic duty in Civilian Defense. The boys do so, after agreeing to share their shop space with a radio shop, not realizing that the proprietor is a Nazi saboteur seeking to destroy the local magnesium plant. (more…)
The Rounders (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle
A silent film during Charlie Chaplin’s time with the Keystone studio, where Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle are inebriated husbands, who after being beaten up by their wives, sneak out for … more drinks!
Night Owls (1930) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, James Finlayson
After 42 burglaries in a week — with no arrests — police office Edgar Kennedy has his job hanging by a thread. Fellow police officers joke that the only way that Kennedy will ever make an arrest is to frame someone. He acts on that idea upon finding vagrants Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel sleeping on a public park bench. (more…)
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 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.
Caught in a Cabaret, starring Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand originally released April 27, 1914
Another Mabel Normand film where Charlie Chaplin begins to steal the show. Caught in a Cabaret has Charlie the Little Tramp overworked as a waiter in a cafe, who gets a free hour off from work and unexpectedly rescues Mabel from a mugging. (more…)
A Film Johnnie (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Edgar Kennedy, Ford Sterling, Mabel Normand
The Charlie Chaplin short film, A Film Johnnie, has Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp character as a star-struck movie patron. He becomes determined to meet the film heroine that he’s become infatuated with at the Keystone movie studio. Attempting to get into the studio, Charlie’s little tramp has comedic interactions with Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Edgar Kennedy, Ford Sterling, and Mabel Normand. Failing to enter the film studio legitimately (more…)
The Star Boarder – Charlie Chaplin, originally released April 4, 1914
In The Star Boarder, Charlie Chaplin‘s little tramp character is staying at a boarding house, where he is clearly his landlady’s favorite, Much to her husband’s (Edgar Kennedy) displeasure. Barely able to prevent attacking Charlie outright, the husband’s anger only increases when the landlady tries to teach Charlie how to play tennis. This is one of the funnier bits in the short film. Looking for a lost tennis ball almost turns into a kiss, which the landlady’s son captures on a camera-like device. (more…)