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29. Wrong Again (1929)

'Wrong Again' is one of those films that I hadn't watched in ages and I'd forgotten just how good it is! If you haven't seen it before, or if it's been a while, I encourage you to watch it - it's classic Laurel & Hardy! Filmed at the end of November 1928, 'Wrong Again' was… Continue reading 29. Wrong Again (1929)

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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)

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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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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 the 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)

 The dawn of 1928 was a busy time for everyone at the Hal Roach Studios, and the wind of change was blowing across the ‘Lot of Fun’. In January, following stories circulated in the press about marital problems, Hal Roach took off for an extended vacation and didn’t return to Culver City until June. The… Continue reading 21. You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928)