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54. Laughing Gravy (1931)

Filming began 2nd February 1931. Released 4th April 1931. Two and Three Reels Main Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall Produced by Hal Roach; Director: James W. Horne  "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy stuck together through thick and thin -                             … Continue reading 54. Laughing Gravy (1931)

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52. Chickens Come Home (1931)

Filming began 30th December 1930. Released 9th January 1931. Three Reels Main Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Thelma Todd, James Finlayson Director: James W. Horne  "Every man has a past with some little indiscretion he would like to bury -            Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have thirty or… Continue reading 52. Chickens Come Home (1931)

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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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49. Pardon Us (1930)

Since their official teaming in 'The Second Hundred Years' (1927), Laurel and Hardy's star had been continually rising. By the end of 1930, their two and three-reelers, in multiple languages, were universally loved by audiences, as well as the majority of critics all around the world. Their popularity was such that their short subjects were even… Continue reading 49. Pardon Us (1930)

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48. The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)

Although there are some hilarious moments in 'The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case', I feel that this film fails to live up to the standard of the majority of the boys' other shorts from their golden period. It's very subjective, of course, and I'm aware that there are many fans that count this film amongst their favourites,… Continue reading 48. The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)

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46. Below Zero (1930)

It's not often I say this about a Laurel & Hardy film, but I find it very hard to laugh at much of 'Below Zero'.  It's a very bleak, unfriendly, cold and at times downright violent affair, with the boys doing their utmost to weather storms of all kinds. In some ways, it could be… Continue reading 46. Below Zero (1930)

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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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41. The Hoose-Gow (1929)

As soon as 'They Go Boom' was in the can, the Roach Studios closed down for their annual month-long vacation. This was certainly a well-earned break for the boys who had already turned out twelve fantastic comedy shorts in the first seven months of that year alone, not including their cameo appearance in 'The Hollywood… Continue reading 41. The Hoose-Gow (1929)

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40. They Go Boom! (1929)

Despite it's title, 'They Go Boom!' is not an explosive Laurel & Hardy comedy - at least not compared with their own high standards anyway! Yet, to be fair, it does have its funny moments, as you would expect with Messrs. Laurel, Hardy and Charlie Hall pitted once more against each other. Although I never like… Continue reading 40. They Go Boom! (1929)

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37. Men O’ War (1929)

It really is quite hard to believe that 'Men O'War' was only Laurel & Hardy's third talking picture! Early talkies just don't get much better than this. Whilst their first outing, 'Unaccustomed As We Are' (1929), was over-loaded with dialogue and their second offering, 'Berth Marks' (1929), was mostly visual pantomime, the team at the… Continue reading 37. Men O’ War (1929)