55. Our Wife (1931)

Filming began March 9th, 1931. Released May 16th, 1931. Two Reels. Main Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Babe London, James Finlayson, Ben Turpin, Blanche Payson, Charlie Rogers Produced by Hal Roach, Directed by James W. Horne, Dialogue by H. M. Walker "Mr Hardy was making big preparations to get married -         … Continue reading 55. Our Wife (1931)


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)


50. Another Fine Mess (1930)

Filming began 22nd September, 1930. Released 29th November, 1930. Three reels. "Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy have many ups and downs...                                                               Mr. Hardy takes charge… Continue reading 50. Another Fine Mess (1930)


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)


43. Night Owls (1930)

Filming began October 30, 1929, to November 11, 1929 Released January 4, 1930, Two Reels                    Produced by Hal Roach, Directed by James Parrott, Photographed by George Stevens,  Sound by Elmer Raguse Main Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, James Finlayson, Anders Randolf After their brief… Continue reading 43. Night Owls (1930)


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)


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)

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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)


31. Big Business (1929)

"'Big Business' is regarded today as the greatest of all the Laurel & Hardy silent comedies", is the opening sentence to Randy Skretvedt's entry for this silent classic.  Glenn Mitchell in his 'Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia' goes even further to say "Big Business is probably the greatest comedy ever filmed...(and) is by far the more consistently… Continue reading 31. Big Business (1929)


28. Liberty (1929)

'Liberty' is a great comedy and, for me, ranks in the top four of Laurel & Hardy's silent shorts. It's strange in a way when you think that a good portion of the film was actually the unwanted bits, the cast-offs from their previous outing. That may seem remarkable, but it's absolutely true. A number… Continue reading 28. Liberty (1929)