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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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23. Should Married Men Go Home? (1928)

Filmed during the Spring of 1928, the opening scene of 'Should Married Men Go Home?' is one in contrast to reality. Here we see a picture of domestic bliss, as Ollie and his wife (played by Kay Deslys, returning for a second film in a row) sit cuddling on the sofa, yet behind closed doors… Continue reading 23. Should Married Men Go Home? (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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20. From Soup to Nuts (1928)

One of the greatest elements that made Laurel & Hardy a huge success, not only during their own time, but for every subsequent generation, is their ability to connect with the audience. They had/have the ability to win us over, to disarm us, to gain our sympathy and importantly to make us see a little… Continue reading 20. From Soup to Nuts (1928)

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A Trip to the Sons of the Desert: Helpmates UK Convention 2018

Buoyed by the recent trip to The Laurel & Hardy Museum in Ulverston (CLICK HERE for the Blog) , I thought it was time to up the ante somewhat and take the 400 mile round-trip to the Holiday Inn, Chatham, for the Sons of the Desert: Helpmates UK Tent's Laurel & Hardy Convention. The Sons… Continue reading A Trip to the Sons of the Desert: Helpmates UK Convention 2018