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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 and Hardy’s Silent Shorts (1921 – 1929)

Angora Love, as well as being a typically funny Laurel & Hardy comedy, is 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 in a Test Tube' (1943), but that doesn't really… Continue reading Tipping the hat to Laurel and 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)

"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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17. The Battle of the Century (1927)

Filmed: October 5 to October 29, 1927  Released: December 31, 1927  Produced by: Hal Roach  Directed by: Clyde Bruckman              Photographed by: George Stevens  Titles by: H.M. Walker Main Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Noah Young, Charlie Hall, Eugene Pallette, Dorothy Coburn, Anita Garvin It’s widely acknowledged that 1927 is… Continue reading 17. The Battle of the Century (1927)

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15. Hats Off! (1927)

Filmed August 19th to August 29th, 1927,  Released November 5th, 1927 Produced by Hal Roach,  Directed by Hal Yates, Supervised by Leo McCarey Photographed by George Stevens,  Titles by H.M. Walker Main Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Anita Garvin, Dorothy Coburn Last seen during its re-release back in the 1930s, Hats Off! now… 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)

"A comedy with the "world's worst army" or Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Jimmy Finlayson, is now being produced by Hal Roach".  Motion Picture News, April 29th, 1927 On March 16th, 1927, just two days after filming began on With Love and Hisses, a new deal was signed between the Hal Roach Studios and MGM… Continue reading 7. With Love and Hisses (1927)

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6. Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)

“Oliver Hardy, Hal Roach contract player and motion picture golf champion, has been added to the cast of the latest Roach Star Comedy, an untitled sea story directed by Fred Guiol. The balance of the cast includes Stan Laurel, Viola Richard, Charles Althoff, Polly Moran, Malcolm Waite and others”. ‘Moving Picture World’ February 26th, 1927.… Continue reading 6. Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)