Filmed early 1931. Released April 4th 1931. Two Reels. Although Chickens Come Home was the first Laurel and Hardy picture to be released in 1931, it wasn't the first that the boys filmed. At the very start of the year Stan and Babe were loaned out, free of charge, to appear in a film that… Continue reading 53. The Stolen Jools (1931)
Following 'Below Zero', 'Hog Wild' is a return to the gag-packed comedy format that merrily bounces along to a jaunty soundtrack, and I would say, is arguably one of Laurel and Hardy's best short subjects. It's such a simple plot - Ollie has to fix a radio aerial onto his roof, oh yes...and to handicap… Continue reading 47. Hog Wild (1930)
For Stan, Ollie, their wives and of course the gout-ridden Uncle Edgar Kennedy, this was far from a perfect day. Yet, all of the film's ingredients and especially the talent on display make the film almost the perfect comedy. Indeed Glenn Mitchell in his 'Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia' describes 'Perfect Day' as one of the… Continue reading 39. Perfect Day (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)
Filmed Feb 18 to Feb 27, 1929, Produced by Hal Roach Directed by Lewis R. Foster, Titles by H.M. Walker, Two Reels Main Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Jean Harlow, Charlie Hall Bacon Grabbers is a really solid Laurel and Hardy silent short. So, why then does it appear to be one of… Continue reading 33. Bacon Grabbers (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)
"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)
Welcome to the official home of The Laurel & Hardy Blog. The place to discover all you need to know about the films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Each month I publish a new blog discussing a film in the Laurel and Hardy chronology. You can share your thoughts, ideas and love for the… Continue reading There’s everything from soup to nuts folks; Come and get it!