The Bohemian Girl (1936) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, James Finlayson, Thelma Todd
Many people think of The Bohemian Girl as the answer to the trivia question, “What was Thelma Todd‘s final film?” And that’s a crying shame. The Bohemian Girl is actually one of my favorite Laurel and Hardy films, for several reasons. It’s quick-paced, with some excellent comedic bits between Stan and Ollie. The interplay between Oliver Hardy and Mae Busch (who plays his nagging, unfaithful wife) is very funny, with their perennial foil James Finlayson making an appearance at the end as “Captain Finn”, captain of the guard for the harsh Count Arnheim. (more…)
Fra Diavolo, aka. The Devil’s Brother, reissued as Bogus Bandits, starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dennis King, Thelma Todd, James Finlayson
In The Devil’s Brother (also known as Fra Diavolo, and reissued in 1951 as Bogus Bandits, the setting is the north of Italy in the 1700’s, where a famous bandit, Fra Diavolo (aka. the Devil’s Brother of the title) is the most famous bandit in the land, known for stealing money from the men and the hearts of the women of the nobility.
In this setting, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy play two bumbling peasants, Stanlio and Ollio, who decide to try the “easy life” of bandits, and pick for their first victim Fra Diavolo himself (in his disguise as the Marquis de San Marco). To punish them for their impudence, the bandit and his band force Stanlio to hang Ollio! (more…)
Chickens Come Home (1931) – Laurel and Hardy short film, starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, Mae Busch, James Finlayson
Chickens Come Home is a very funny Laurel and Hardy short film, where Oliver Hardy plays a successful businessman (running a “high class” fertilizer business), with a loving and beautiful wife (played by Thelma Todd), who’s running a successful campaign to become mayor. All seems to be going well for Oliver, until a former girlfriend (Mae Busch) shows up, to blackmail him with a “scandalous” photograph of her and Ollie at the beach, taken during his “gilded youth…my primrose days…before I was married.” (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.