Laurel and Hardy

The Laurel and Hardy Collection volume 2

Laurel and Hardy Collection, Vol. 2

Laurel and Hardy Collection, Vol. 2 (A Haunting we Will Go / Dancing Masters / Bullfighters)

The Laurel and Hardy Collection volume 2Buy from Amazon.com The Laurel and Hardy Collection volume 2 is a collection of three of the films that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made for the 20th Century Fox studio in the 1940’s after they left the Hal Roach studio where they had first become famous.  Unlike the Roach studio, Stan and Ollie had little creative control over these films, and it shows.  It’s not that these are bad films – I personally like The Dancing Masters very much – it’s a personal favorite.  But it should be known that these are “lesser” Laurel and Hardy films.  Which are superior to most modern comedies. (more…)

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review of the Laurel and Hardy short film Beau Hunks (1931) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Beau Hunks

review of the Laurel and Hardy short film Beau Hunks (1931) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Beau Hunks begins with Oliver Hardy singing “The Ideal of My Dreams“, as Stan Laurel cuts an advertisement for fertilizer out of the newspaper and unintentionally cuts the fabric out of Oliver’s upholstery, exposing a spring, which causes Oliver to do massive damage to his room later.  First, however, Oliver is planning on marrying his sweetheart, “Jeanie Weanie”, who’s signed photograph he carries with him.  The mail comes, with a letter from Jeanie-Weanie, which Oliver is too upset to read, so Stan reads it to him – where Jeanie-Weanie, who has traveled all around the world, is breaking up with Oliver and never wants to see him again.  Broken-hearted, Oliver decides to “go where men go to forget” – the French Foreign Legion.  And he takes Stan along with him. (more…)

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Twice Two - Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel (in drag), with both in dual roles as themselves as well as each other's wife

Twice Two

Laurel and Hardy‘s short film Twice Two (1933)

Synopsis of Laurel and Hardy’s short film, Twice Two starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Brain specialist Oliver Hardy and his assistant Stan Laurel married each other’s sister a year ago, and phone their wives to plan a special anniversary dinner — but the wives have a special dinner at home planned, which falls apart once the wives start fighting with each other. (more…)

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Forgotten Laurel and Hardy film clip found - clowning around with a telescope

Forgotten Laurel and Hardy film clip found

Forgotten Laurel and Hardy film clip found – clowning around with a telescope

A forgotten Laurel and Hardy film clip, made for MGM distributors (not the general public) has been found.  It features Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy clowning around with a telescope, as well as their perennial foil, Jimmy Finlayson.  Courtesy of YouTube, here it is:

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The Lucky Dog - Laurel and Hardy's first film together

The Lucky Dog – Laurel and Hardy’s first film together

The Lucky Dog (1919) Laurel and Hardy’s first film together

The Lucky Dog (1921) was the first film featuring the famous comedy duo of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, later known as Laurel and Hardy. Though they appear together, they are here not the comedy team that they would later become. Oliver plays, as he did in many of his early films, a villain – a thief, who tries to rob the hapless Stan, who loses money in the process, thanks to the dog that Stan has befriended. The team would not appear together again for several years. (more…)

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A Chump at Oxford (1940) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Forrester Harvey, Charlie Hall, Peter Cushing

A Chump at Oxford (1940)

A Chump at Oxford (1940) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Forrester Harvey, Charlie Hall, Peter Cushing

Buy A Chump at Oxford from Amazon.com A Chump at Oxford is one of Laurel and Hardy‘s best films, on many levels. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are hired as the maid and butler, respectively.  Yes, Stan is in drag, recreating the character of “Agnes” from Another Fine Mess. Stan does this for a dinner party – which they promptly ruin. A very funny scene, especially when someone asks Stan to serve his salad undressed 🙂 Stan and Ollie are then reduced to street sweepers, who inadvertently foil a bank robbery.

They are rewarded by the president of the bank with the finest education that money can buy – at Oxford University in England! The boys journey to Oxford, are “pranked” by some of the students, including a very young Peter Cushing. All is set right, the pranksters are expelled, and it is revealed that Stan used to be “a leading professor and athlete” at Oxford.  Until he hit his head years ago, resulting in his muddle-headed Stan character. Sure enough, he is hit on his head and regains his rightful character of Lord Paddington. A very funny role reversal happens, with Stan pushing around Ollie as his valet, “Fatty.” (more…)

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Laurel and Hardy - the lost films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - the complete collection - volume 4 - Hal Roach Studios - DVD - NTSC - distributed exclusively by Image Entertainment

The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy: The Complete Collection, Vol. 4

The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy: The Complete Collection, Vol. 4 (1925)

Laurel and Hardy - the lost films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - the complete collection - volume 4 - Hal Roach Studios - DVD - NTSC - distributed exclusively by Image EntertainmentBuy The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy: The Complete Collection, Vol. 4 from Amazon.com Another collection of Laurel and Hardy films from the Hal Roach Studio vaults, with both solo entries as well as the famous team of Laurel and Hardy.  Entries include: (more…)

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Hog Wild - colorized photo of Oliver Hardy in the fountain ... again

Hog Wild

movie review of Hog Wild (1930) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Hog Wild begins simply enough, with Oliver Hardy at home, looking for his hat … With his wife and maid snickering at him since it’s on his head the entire time.  Once Ollie realizes that he attempts to rescue a little of his dignity, and announces that he’s going out.  His controlling wife, however, lets him know in no uncertain terms that he’s putting up the radio antenna on the roof.  (more…)

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Lupe Velez with Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel in Hollywood Party

Hollywood Party

Hollywood Party (1934) starring Jimmy Durante, Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, Mickey Mouse …

Curly Howard, Moe Howard, Larry Fine as autograph hunters in Hollywood PartyHollywood Party is a collection of skits, parodies, and bits, strung together with a relatively thin plot.  Jimmy Durante makes fun of Tarzan as Schnarzan, whose public is tiring of him fighting fake lions.  So, in order to appease the public (and purchase live lions from the visiting Baron Munchausen), he throws an enormous “Hollywood Party”, inviting everybody in Hollywood€ – except Lupe Velez, who he intentionally is snubbing.  She’s not about to take that lying down, however, and crashes the party.  In an interesting note, she plays Jane to Durante’s Schnarzan in a movie preview shown in the movie.  In real life, she was the wife of Johnny Weissmuller – Tarzan – at the time). (more…)

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I Wanna Dance! a colorized scene from Scram! where Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel have gotten drunk on "water"

Laurel and Hardy film list

Laurel and Hardy film list

The team of Laurel and Hardy was one of the funniest, and most prolific, comedy teams of all time. In addition to having successful individual film careers, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made one of the most successful comedy teams of all times, in a career spanning both silent and talking films over several decades. Their joint career can be broken into the following categories:

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