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19. The Finishing Touch (1928)

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)

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18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (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.,… Continue reading 18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (1928)

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A Visit to The Laurel & Hardy Museum, Ulverston

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

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17. The Battle of the Century (1927)

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)

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16. Putting Pants on Philip (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)

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9. Now I’ll Tell One (1927) [Partly Lost Film] – Supporting Roles Only

'Now I'll Tell One' is (or was) a long lost Charley Chase comedy, which was marketed on the film's poster as starring Stan Laurel. As such, Laurel & Hardy historians didn't pay it too much attention, until that is, in 1989 the second reel of the film was uncovered by Film Researcher Dave Wyatt. To everyone's… Continue reading 9. Now I’ll Tell One (1927) [Partly Lost Film] – Supporting Roles Only

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15. Hats Off (1927)

Hats Off could be the best Laurel & Hardy film EVER made! Having said that, it could also be the worst...you see the trouble is, it appears that nobody's seen it since it's re-release back in the 1930s! Hats Off is a 'Lost Film' and the only Laurel & Hardy film missing in its entirety… Continue reading 15. Hats Off (1927)

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14. Call of the Cuckoo (1927)

Now, don't get too excited! Although the boys do appear in this film, it's not their film and their contribution, as wacky as it is, lasts only for a few minutes. The Hal Roach studio were very keen to push Laurel & Hardy, their 'new' comedy team, in front of the public as much as… Continue reading 14. Call of the Cuckoo (1927)

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13. The Second Hundred Years (1927)

"New starring team uncorks riotous performance in first picture as comedy duo", was the headline of the Roach Studios' Press Sheet for Stan and Babe's thirteenth film in which they appeared together. Yes, finally somebody at the studio had realised just how good the boys were together (when they were actually 'together' and not trying to… Continue reading 13. The Second Hundred Years (1927)

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12. Sugar Daddies (1927)

Sugar Daddies heralded the start of a new era for all at the Hal Roach Studios, as it was  the first film to be distributed under the newly negotiated deal with Hollywood giants MGM. As Randy Skretvedt explains, unlike Roach's previous distributors Pathe Exchange, MGM could throw a LOT of money at Roach's new projects… Continue reading 12. Sugar Daddies (1927)