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5. Love ‘Em and Weep (1927)

As 1926 drew to a close, the executives at the Hal Roach Studio were looking forward to a more prosperous New Year. 1926 had been a good year, and yet Roach, always looking to improve his studio’s reputation and the quality of its product, was preparing to execute a plan that would take his operation… Continue reading 5. Love ‘Em and Weep (1927)

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Blogcast Show Notes – Episode 20: Early to Bed (1928) with Randy Skretvedt

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN NOW In Episode Twenty, Patrick welcomes back to the Blogcast Laurel & Hardy expert and author of Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies and The Laurel & Hardy Movie Scripts, Randy Skretvedt. Throughout the course of the show Randy and Patrick talk about a film that neither of them… Continue reading Blogcast Show Notes – Episode 20: Early to Bed (1928) with Randy Skretvedt

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24. Early to Bed (1928)

In May 1928, Mr and Mrs Hal Roach, the intrepid explorers, returned from their worldwide tour. Their global adventure seemed to have been a great success; the Roach’s had saved their marriage, the studio hadn’t fallen apart in the boss’ absence, and now it was time to head back to Culver City. From New York,… Continue reading 24. Early to Bed (1928)

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Blogcast Show Notes – Episode 17: You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928) with Ben Model and Neil Brand

Listen here or on your favourite podcast provider's platform In a jam-packed Episode Seventeen and to help discuss the 1928 silent short, You’re Darn Tootin’, Patrick welcomes two new special guests to the Blogcast. First up is silent film accompanist, blogger, podcaster and host of The Silent Comedy Watch Party, Ben Model. Patrick then welcomes… Continue reading Blogcast Show Notes – Episode 17: You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928) with Ben Model and Neil Brand

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Blogcast Show Notes -Episode 19: Should Married Men Go Home? with Glenn Mitchell

  LISTEN HERE OR ON YOUR FAVOURITE PODCAST PROVIDER   Episode Nineteen sees the welcome return of special guest Glenn Mitchell. In the programme Patrick and Glenn discuss the first release from the officially designated ‘Laurel & Hardy’ series, 1928’s Should Married Men Go Home? Patrick explores Babe Hardy’s obsession with golf and also the… Continue reading Blogcast Show Notes -Episode 19: Should Married Men Go Home? with Glenn Mitchell

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23. Should Married Men Go Home? (1928)

Should Married Men Go Home? is an average Laurel and Hardy picture from this period. The boys’ official biographer, John McCabe, wrote somewhat dismissively of the comedy, suggesting that Stan and Babe could, and perhaps should, have done better with the material at hand. And yet, the film can claim a uniquely significant status in… Continue reading 23. Should Married Men Go Home? (1928)

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Blogcast Show Notes- Episode 18: Their Purple Moment with Richard W. Bann

LISTEN HERE OR ON YOUR FAVOURITE PODCAST PROVIDER In this bumper eighteenth episode, Patrick welcomes Laurel and Hardy and Hal Roach Studios expert Richard W. Bann to the Blogcast for the very first time. Richard is one of the foremost authorities on anything and everything connected to the Hal Roach Studios, including not only the… Continue reading Blogcast Show Notes- Episode 18: Their Purple Moment with Richard W. Bann

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22. Their Purple Moment

Filmed 15th February to 24th February 1928,  Released on 19th May 1928 With Mr and Mrs Hal Roach freshly departed on their marriage-saving around-the-world tour, the Culver City Studio was now dependent on Warren Doane, General Manager and Vice President, to steer the ship. Doane set to his task with determination. At the end of… Continue reading 22. Their Purple Moment

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62. The Music Box (1932)

"Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy decided to re-organize and re-supervise their entire financial structure - So they took the $3.80 and went into business". As The Great Depression continued into 1932, so too did the economy drive, instigated and enforced by Henry Ginsberg at the Roach studios. The artists, especially the Laurel and Hardy unit,… Continue reading 62. The Music Box (1932)

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61. Helpmates (1932)

Filmed: October 19th to October 26th, 1931 Released: January 23rd, 1932 Produced by Hal Roach Directed by James Parrott                 Photographed by Art Lloyd Dialogue by H.M. Walker Main Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Blanche Payson “When the cat's away - The mice start looking up telephone numbers”   "The round Oliver Hardy and the… Continue reading 61. Helpmates (1932)