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)
"That's My Wife is one of the very best of the team's early pictures", at least so says Randy Skretvedt in his summing up of the film, and I have to agree with him. There are some films that make you smile, some that make you chuckle and then there are those that make you … Continue reading 30. That’s My Wife (1929)
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Review over...just kidding. Although, what more needs to be said. The Finishing Touch is for me the best Laurel & Hardy silent film so far. It is Stan and Ollie at their best - with a job to do. No need for complex plots or witty dialogue/title cards - this is what … Continue reading 19. The Finishing Touch (1928)
The end of 1927 heralded a significant threat to Laurel & Hardy's careers, just as they were starting to take off. 'Leave 'Em Laughing' was released at the end of January 1928, but was written and filmed in October of the previous year - the very same month that saw the release, by Warner Bros., of … Continue reading 18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (1928)
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)
Now, don't get too excited! Although the boys do appear in this film, it's not their film and their contribution, as wacky as it is, lasts only for a few minutes. The Hal Roach studio were very keen to push Laurel & Hardy, their 'new' comedy team, in front of the public as much as … Continue reading 14. Call of the Cuckoos (1927)
Welcome to The Laurel & Hardy Blog. This is a place to share your thoughts, ideas and love for the boys and their work. Please feel free to join in the discussion. "Well, now that our troubles are over, where do we go from here...?" The recent successful release of the dramatised biopic by director … Continue reading There’s everything from soup to nuts folks; Come and get it!