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...?" The recent successful release of the dramatised biopic by director … Continue reading There’s everything from soup to nuts folks; Come and get it!
After their brief sojourn at MGM, filming 'The Rogue Song', the boys were soon back in front of the cameras at the Hal Roach 'Lot of Fun' for business as usual...and that business was 'Night Owls'. The story of 'Night Owls' is an interesting one, as Laurel & Hardy historians, including Randy Skretvedt, Glenn Mitchell … Continue reading 43. Night Owls (1930)
Just like the silent short 'Hats Off' (1927), The Rogue Song has frustrated Laurel & Hardy fans for decades, as it is another 'lost' film. However, whereas 'Hats Off' is lost in its entirety, fragments of varying length and quality of 'The Rogue Song' have surfaced across the globe over the years, giving us tantalising glimpses … Continue reading 42. The Rogue Song (1930) (Lost Film)
As soon as 'They Go Boom' was in the can, the Roach Studios closed down for their annual month-long vacation. This was certainly a well-earned break for the boys who had already turned out twelve fantastic comedy shorts in the first seven months of that year alone, not including their cameo appearance in 'The Hollywood … Continue reading 41. The Hoose-Gow (1929)
Despite it's title, 'They Go Boom!' is not an explosive Laurel & Hardy comedy - at least not compared with their own high standards anyway! Yet, to be fair, it does have its funny moments, as you would expect with Messrs. Laurel, Hardy and Charlie Hall pitted once more against each other. Although I never like … Continue reading 40. They Go Boom! (1929)
For Stan, Ollie, their wives and of course the gout-ridden Uncle Edgar Kennedy, this was far from a perfect day. Yet, all of the film's ingredients and especially the talent on display make the film almost the perfect comedy. Indeed Glenn Mitchell in his 'Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia' describes 'Perfect Day' as one of the … Continue reading 39. Perfect Day (1929)
I've always known that Laurel & Hardy are magic, but seeing them here playing a pair of magicians seals it! One particular magic trick they manage to pull off is to make 'The Hollywood Revue of 1929' actually worth watching - well, for about six minutes anyway. Okay, so perhaps I'm being a little unfair, … Continue reading 38. The Hollywood Revue of 1929
It really is quite hard to believe that 'Men O'War' was only Laurel & Hardy's third talking picture! Early talkies just don't get much better than this. Whilst their first outing, 'Unaccustomed As We Are' (1929), was over-loaded with dialogue and their second offering, 'Berth Marks' (1929), was mostly visual pantomime, the team at the … Continue reading 37. Men O’ War (1929)