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27. We Faw Down (1928)

Just as Laurel & Hardy's 1927 silent short 'Hats Off' was the genesis of their later talkie 'The Music Box' (1932),  'We Faw Down' has the bragging rights of being the inspiration for one of the boys' best-loved feature films 'Sons of the Desert' (1933).  Further still, not content with being the tiny two-reeler 'seed'… Continue reading 27. We Faw Down (1928)

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Stan & Ollie (2018)

  After returning home from watching 'Stan & Ollie' at the cinema, it took me a good few hours to get my feelings in order enough to be able to write this blog and, in a way, that's quite appropriate, as that's what the film is all about for me...feelings. The film focuses primarily on… Continue reading Stan & Ollie (2018)

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26. Habeas Corpus (1928)

Whilst I don't think this is one of their best films 'Habeas Corpus' has unique historical importance in the Laurel & Hardy canon. It's also a film that often appears to fly under the radar of the casual L&H fan - but to be honest that's probably not a disaster. Although I hate to negatively… Continue reading 26. Habeas Corpus (1928)

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25. Two Tars (1928)

'Two Tars' is a spectacular return to form for Laurel & Hardy - and thank goodness for that! This is exactly what was required following the confusing and, without wanting to sound melodramatic, traumatic experience of watching the boys' previous film 'Early to Bed'. What a relief to read the opening title cards. Gone is… Continue reading 25. Two Tars (1928)

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24. Early to Bed (1928)

Well, I hate to say this, but I have a huge problem with this film! Let me explain. It's 1928 and the Laurel & Hardy team is now well established. Their films are no longer being distributed under the 'All-Stars' banner, the series is now labelled as out and out 'Laurel & Hardy' comedies. The… Continue reading 24. Early to Bed (1928)

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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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21. You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928)

Strangely, I want to write two very different reviews for 'You're Darn Tootin' and as I consider why this is, I'm struck by quite an interesting thought (to me anyway!).  For my first viewing, I chose to watch the DVD copy contained within the Universal 21 disc boxed set and although I had many laughs,… Continue reading 21. You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928)

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19. The Finishing Touch (1928)

  "The story of two boys who went to school for nine years - and finished in the infants" "That clever comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are keeping busy with a two-reeler built around house building. They are abetted in their mirthquake by Dorothy Coburn and Ed Kennedy. Clyde Bruckman is the… Continue reading 19. The Finishing Touch (1928)

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18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (1928)

"What's worse than an aching tooth at three in the morning?           - Two of them!" Since their first chance meeting in 1921, on the set of G.M. Anderson's, The Lucky Dog, Stan and Babe had danced a merry and protracted dance around each other, coming so close and yet remaining so… Continue reading 18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (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)