Welcome to The Laurel & Hardy Blog. This is a place to share your thoughts, ideas and love for the boys and their work. Please feel free to join in the discussion. "Well, now that our troubles are over, where do we go from here...?" There's currently quite a lot of excitement and anticipation within … Continue reading There’s everything from soup to nuts folks – Come and get it!
One of the greatest elements that made Laurel & Hardy a huge success, not only during their own time, but for every subsequent generation, is their ability to connect with the audience. They had/have the ability to win us over, to disarm us, to gain our sympathy and importantly to make us see a little … Continue reading 20. From Soup to Nuts (1928)
Buoyed by the recent trip to The Laurel & Hardy Museum in Ulverston (CLICK HERE for the Blog) , I thought it was time to up the ante somewhat and take the 400 mile round-trip to the Holiday Inn, Chatham, for the Sons of the Desert: Helpmates UK Tent's Laurel & Hardy Convention. The Sons … Continue reading A Trip to the Sons of the Desert: Helpmates UK Convention 2018
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Review over...just kidding. Although, what more needs to be said. The Finishing Touch is for me the best Laurel & Hardy silent film so far. It is Stan and Ollie at their best - with a job to do. No need for complex plots or witty dialogue/title cards - this is what … Continue reading 19. The Finishing Touch (1928)
The end of 1927 heralded a significant threat to Laurel & Hardy's careers, just as they were starting to take off. 'Leave 'Em Laughing' was released at the end of January 1928, but was written and filmed in October of the previous year - the very same month that saw the release, by Warner Bros., of … Continue reading 18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (1928)
No self-respecting Laurel & Hardy fan can surely go on holiday to The Lake District and not call in to Ulverston, the market town where Stan Laurel was born in 1890 and now the home of the 'world famous' Laurel & Hardy Museum. What better place and what better way to pay homage to your … Continue reading A Visit to The Laurel & Hardy Museum, Ulverston
It has to be said that 1927 was a pretty disastrous year for Laurel & Hardy. Why? I hear you wonder...well, five, yes FIVE of their films from this year were lost by the Hal Roach Studios. Thankfully most of these films have since been recovered, thanks to the efforts and dedication of committed individuals, … Continue reading 17. The Battle of the Century (1927)
This is a masterclass from Oliver Hardy! Putting Pants on Philip is a great comedy. As well as being my opinion, this also appears to be the general consensus from film fans, but the stand-out from this film, for me, is just how good Ollie is in it. He never appears to be going after … Continue reading 16. Putting Pants on Philip (1927)