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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… Continue reading 27. We Faw Down (1928)

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Stan & Ollie (2018)

Well, where to start... Since returning home from watching 'Stan & Ollie', it's taken me a good few hours to get my feelings enough in order 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' (see the blog for details).  What a relief to read the… 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.… 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)

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)

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18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (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.,… Continue reading 18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (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)