Laurel and Hardy
The Music Box (1932), starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert
Synopsis of The Music Box
In The Music Box, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are furniture movers with a simple task. All they have to do is deliver a piano. Up a long flight of steps. While the piano keeps rolling down the steps at every opportunity. And having to deal with the reluctant customer
Review of The Music Box
In short, The Music Box is one of the funniest short films that I’ve ever seen, or ever will. It’s the only Laurel and Hardy film to win an Oscar, which is well-deserved. The film builds slowly, with one minor obstacle after the other. Each obstacle is slightly larger than the one before, building into a crescendo of comedy. And that musical piano keeps rolling down the steps …
The second obstacle is a nanny, who tries to get down the long stairway with her baby buggy. And in the process, the piano is bumped, and back down the steps it goes! The nanny laughs at the situation at the bottom of the hill, and Stan’s temper gets the better of him. And he gets punched by her, and poor Oliver gets a baby bottle broken over his head. And she then tells a police officer, who calls them down when they’re halfway up … and down goes the piano!
After the officer “bounds over his steps” and delivers some slapstick, it’s back up the stairs … and Billy Gilbert appears, as a stuffy professor who refuses to walk around. Verbal abuse becomes physical, and Stan knocks off his hat. Which goes down the steps, into the street, and flattened by a car.
There’s much more, including the damage to the house once they get there, but I won’t spoil it. In short, if you haven’t seen The Music Box, go see it. You’ll laugh out loud at one of the finest examples of film clowning that you’ll ever see.
Free Gospel clown skit with kneesy earsy nosey – for 2 or more clowns
A simple gospel skit that’s fairly flexible—for example, it can be done with two speaking clowns, or one speaking clown and one audience participant, either adult or child. In the same way, it can be performed by a silent clown, with a children’s pastor (or someone else) narrating. The basic premise is as follows: (more…)
Kneesy, Earsy, Nosey – a do as I do routine
Kneesy, Earsy, Nosey is a game of coordination and dexterity, which is particularly played by Stan Laurel in the movie Fra Diavolo, to the great despair of Oliver Hardy.It quickly became a fad shortly after this film was released. Kneesy, Earsy, Nosey consists of clapping the knees with both hands, and then alternatively grab the left ear with right hand while grab the nose with the left hand, clap again the knees, and then grab the right ear with left hand while grab the nose with the right hand. Then you proceed to do it increasingly faster. (more…)
Jitterbugs (1943) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bob Bailey, Vivian Blaine
Jitterbugs is, hands down, one of the funniest Laurel and Hardy films that I’ve ever seen. The jitterbug ending, especially, is laugh out loud hilarious — literally. The movie begins with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy driving across the country as not-too-successful musicians, and are soon picked up by a likable con man (Bob Bailey) who uses the unwitting duo to sell his bogus “gas pill” (think free gasoline) at every stop — and soon have lots of dissatisfied people chasing them. (more…)
The Dancing Masters, starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Trudy Marshall, Robert Bailey, Margaret Dumont
Editorial review of The Dancing Masters courtesy of Amazon.com
This Laurel and Hardy vehicle casts Stan and Ollie as the proprietors of the “Arthur Hurry” dance studio. Despite a rather sizeable student body, the boys would starve to death were it not for their only paying customer, socialite Trudy Harlan (Trudy Marshall). Trudy is in love with Grant Lawrence (Robert Bailey), an aspiring inventor who needs financial backing for his revolutionary new flame thrower. (more…)
Book Description: The Final Film of Laurel and Hardy: A Study of the Chaotic Making and Marketing of Atoll K
The remarkable story behind the planning, development and marketing of Laurel and Hardy‘s ill-received final film, Atoll K, has been little explored. Details on the script development, cast, crew, locations, and even basic information on running times and release dates have been sketchy at best since the film’s 1951 release. This work reconstructs the circumstances surrounding this unusual international co-production (Atoll K was a French-Italian film with English-speaking stars). Through lost documents detailing the film’s production and funding, previously unreleased behind-the-scenes photos, and a rare interview with French movie star Suzy Delair, the author explores the continuous changes to the film’s script during its chaotic production and the final marketing of the film’s many different versions (Atoll K was also released as Robinson Crusoeland in the United Kingdom and as Utopia in the United States). Several appendices detail alternative sequences and cut scenes in various versions of the film and include French box-office reports from 1951 to 1952 as well as a complete filmography. (more…)
Putting Pants on Philip (1927) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
The basic plot of Putting Pants on Philip deals with the stuffy J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Oliver Hardy) meeting his Scottish nephew, Philip (Stan Laurel) at the docks, where he’s arriving for a visit. One of the funniest bits of the movie is the medical exam the ship’s doctor has to give Stan before allowing him to disembark, with Stan Laurel’s gift for physical comedy in full effect. (more…)
They Go Boom! (1929) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall
In 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.
Stan 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. (more…)