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!
Since their official teaming in 'The Second Hundred Years' (1927), Laurel and Hardy's star had been continually rising. By the end of 1930, their two and three-reelers, in multiple languages, were universally loved by audiences, as well as the majority of critics all around the world. Their popularity was such that their short subjects were even … Continue reading 49. Pardon Us (1930)
Although there are some hilarious moments in 'The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case', I feel that this film fails to live up to the standard of the majority of the boys' other shorts from their golden period. It's very subjective, of course, and I'm aware that there are many fans that count this film amongst their favourites, … Continue reading 48. The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)
Following 'Below Zero', 'Hog Wild' is a return to the gag-packed comedy format that merrily bounces along to a jaunty soundtrack, and I would say, is arguably one of Laurel and Hardy's best short subjects. It's such a simple plot - Ollie has to fix a radio aerial onto his roof, oh yes...and to handicap … Continue reading 47. Hog Wild (1930)
It's not often I say this about a Laurel & Hardy film, but I find it very hard to laugh at much of 'Below Zero'. It's a very bleak, unfriendly, cold and at times downright violent affair, with the boys doing their utmost to weather storms of all kinds. In some ways, it could be … Continue reading 46. Below Zero (1930)
'Brats' is a really interesting film and I say this for several reasons. Firstly, it's one of the only films where Laurel and Hardy carry the whole film completely on their own, with no supporting cast. Second, its the first film where we see the boys playing dual roles. In 'Brats' the boys play both … Continue reading 45. Brats (1930)
'Blotto' is certainly a fan favourite, based on the amount of times I've seen clips posted on social media fan pages. This is mostly due to just one scene at the end of the film, where the boys are laughing uncontrollably, in the belief that they are drunk (or blotto). It's quite an interesting film … Continue reading 44. Blotto (1930)
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)