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Tipping the hat to Laurel & Hardy’s Silent Shorts (1921 – 1929)

Our last blog focused on the wonderful 1929 short 'Angora Love'. As well as being a typically funny Laurel & Hardy comedy, it's 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… Continue reading Tipping the hat to Laurel & Hardy’s Silent Shorts (1921 – 1929)

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34. Angora Love (1929)

Well, this is it! Laurel & Hardy's farewell to silent pictures. The end of an era, their last of a dying breed. If you've joined us on the Blog's journey so far, or independently actually sat and watched each film in order (the order that they were made, not released), I hope you've gotten as… Continue reading 34. Angora Love (1929)

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33. Bacon Grabbers (1929)

What's the one thing a die-hard Laurel & Hardy fan wants more than anything? Well, arguably its to find a Hal Roach era film that they've never seen before. It's the Holy Grail. To most fans, finding a copy of 'Hat's Off' (1927) or the boys' remaining missing sequences from The Rogue Song (1930) are… Continue reading 33. Bacon Grabbers (1929)

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32. Double Whoopee (1929)

Two of the most endearing of all Laurel & Hardy's qualities, to me at least, is their blind faith in their own abilities and their determination to succeed in whatever they're doing. No matter how suitable, or perhaps more appropriately, un-suitable they may be to the task at hand, they set about it with an… Continue reading 32. Double Whoopee (1929)

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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)

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30. That’s My Wife (1929)

"That's My Wife is one of the very best of the team's early pictures", at least so says Randy Skretvedt in his summing up of the film, and I have to agree with him. There are some films that make you smile, some that make you chuckle and then there are those that make you… Continue reading 30. That’s My Wife (1929)

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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… Continue reading 27. We Faw Down (1928)

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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)