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51. Be Big! (1931)

Filming began 8th December 1930. Released 7th February 1931. Three Reels Main Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Isabelle Keith, Baldwin Cooke Director: James W. Horne  "Mr. Hardy is a man of great care, caution and discretion -                                 … Continue reading 51. Be Big! (1931)

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44. Blotto (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)

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Tipping the hat to Laurel & Hardy’s Silent Shorts (1921 – 1929)

Our last blog focused on the wonderful 1929 short 'Angora Love'. As well as being a typically funny Laurel & Hardy comedy, it's also a very significant film in Stan & Ollie's canon, as it has the distinction of being the very last silent film they ever made together (with the exception of 'The Tree… Continue reading Tipping the hat to Laurel & Hardy’s Silent Shorts (1921 – 1929)

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22. Their Purple Moment (1928)

Forget Silas Barnaby, Walter Long, Noah Young, Tiny Sandford, Charlie Hall, even Jimmy Finlayson. Laurel & Hardy's biggest and certainly most intimidating nemesis had to be their on-screen wives! Although the boys had had female co-stars playing their girlfriends in earlier films and also whilst acknowledging that there would be better examples to come in… Continue reading 22. Their Purple Moment (1928)

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20. From Soup to Nuts (1928)

One of the greatest elements that made Laurel & Hardy a huge success, not only during their own time, but for every subsequent generation, is their ability to connect with the audience. They had/have the ability to win us over, to disarm us, to gain our sympathy and importantly to make us see a little… Continue reading 20. From Soup to Nuts (1928)

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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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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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8. Sailors Beware! (1927)

I really like 'Sailors Beware!' Yes, it has all the frustrations of the majority of the pre-team films, primarily to do with the boys being cast as opponents of sorts and not portraying the fully developed Stan and Ollie characters that we want them to. But, there are some very funny gags, a great cast with super… Continue reading 8. Sailors Beware! (1927)

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7. With Love and Hisses (1927)

What's this - Laurel & Hardy nude scenes?!! I thought that'd get your attention. Don't worry, although the boys are skinny dipping along with a number of other squaddies (ooh err!), their modesty is thankfully preserved and all is well hidden. 'With Love and Hisses' is once again a Hal Roach penned Stan Laurel comedy,… Continue reading 7. With Love and Hisses (1927)

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6. Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)

The first thing to say about ‘Why Girls Love Sailors’, is that we should feel very lucky to have it. It was considered a lost film until some time in the 1970s, when it was discovered in a French collection, and even then it only became available for wider viewing over a decade later.  To… Continue reading 6. Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)