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Stan & Ollie (2018)

  After returning home from watching 'Stan & Ollie' at the cinema, it took me a good few hours to get my feelings in order enough to be able to write this blog and, in a way, that's quite appropriate, as that's what the film is all about for me...feelings. The film focuses primarily on… Continue reading Stan & Ollie (2018)

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26. Habeas Corpus (1928)

Whilst I don't think this is one of their best films 'Habeas Corpus' has unique historical importance in the Laurel & Hardy canon. It's also a film that often appears to fly under the radar of the casual L&H fan - but to be honest that's probably not a disaster. Although I hate to negatively… Continue reading 26. Habeas Corpus (1928)

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25. Two Tars (1928)

'Two Tars' is a spectacular return to form for Laurel & Hardy - and thank goodness for that! This is exactly what was required following the confusing and, without wanting to sound melodramatic, traumatic experience of watching the boys' previous film 'Early to Bed'. What a relief to read the opening title cards. Gone is… Continue reading 25. Two Tars (1928)

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24. Early to Bed (1928)

Well, I hate to say this, but I have a huge problem with this film! Let me explain. It's 1928 and the Laurel & Hardy team is now well established. Their films are no longer being distributed under the 'All-Stars' banner, the series is now labelled as out and out 'Laurel & Hardy' comedies. The… Continue reading 24. Early to Bed (1928)

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23. Should Married Men Go Home? (1928)

Filmed during the Spring of 1928, the opening scene of 'Should Married Men Go Home?' is one in contrast to reality. Here we see a picture of domestic bliss, as Ollie and his wife (played by Kay Deslys, returning for the second film in a row) sit cuddling on the sofa, yet behind closed doors,… Continue reading 23. Should Married Men Go Home? (1928)

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21. You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928)

 The dawn of 1928 was a busy time for everyone at the Hal Roach Studios, and the wind of change was blowing across the ‘Lot of Fun’. In January, following stories circulated in the press about marital problems, Hal Roach took off for an extended vacation and didn’t return to Culver City until June. The… Continue reading 21. You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928)

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20. From Soup to Nuts (1928)

"Newly Rich -- Mrs. Culpepper was an idol to the snobs -- And a pain in the neck to everybody else-“ Just two days after Christmas 1927, Stan and Babe were back at work on a studio stage and in front of the cameras. In response to their growing success, delivering Laurel and Hardy products… Continue reading 20. From Soup to Nuts (1928)

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A Trip to the Sons of the Desert: Helpmates UK Convention 2018

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 of… Continue reading A Trip to the Sons of the Desert: Helpmates UK Convention 2018

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19. The Finishing Touch (1928)

  "The story of two boys who went to school for nine years - and finished in the infants" "That clever comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are keeping busy with a two-reeler built around house building. They are abetted in their mirthquake by Dorothy Coburn and Ed Kennedy. Clyde Bruckman is the… Continue reading 19. The Finishing Touch (1928)

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18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (1928)

"What's worse than an aching tooth at three in the morning?           - Two of them!" Since their first chance meeting in 1921, on the set of G.M. Anderson's, The Lucky Dog, Stan and Babe had danced a merry and protracted dance around each other, coming so close and yet remaining so… Continue reading 18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (1928)