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40. They Go Boom! (1929)

Despite it's title, 'They Go Boom!' is not an explosive Laurel & Hardy comedy - at least not compared with their own high standards anyway! Yet, to be fair, it does have its funny moments, as you would expect with Messrs. Laurel, Hardy and Charlie Hall pitted once more against each other. Although I never like… Continue reading 40. They Go Boom! (1929)

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39. Perfect Day (1929)

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)

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38. The Hollywood Revue of 1929

I've always known that Laurel & Hardy are magic, but seeing them here playing a pair of magicians seals it! One particular magic trick they manage to pull off is to make 'The Hollywood Revue of 1929' actually worth watching - well, for about six minutes anyway. Okay, so perhaps I'm being a little unfair,… Continue reading 38. The Hollywood Revue of 1929

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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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36. Berth Marks (1929)

Laurel and Hardy's second outing in the world of talking pictures, couldn't be much more different than their first. Where 'Unaccustomed As We Are' was a film that was self-consciously all about dialogue, 'Berth Marks' returns the boys back to basics, back to films packed with visual gags. In a way, I found this a… Continue reading 36. Berth Marks (1929)

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35. Unaccustomed As We Are (1929)

This is such an interesting little film. Laurel & Hardy's very first talking picture, 'Unaccustomed As We Are' is a truly historic and pivotal moment in the boys' career and one can only wonder at the anxieties Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy must have felt leading up to the filming and ultimately the release of… Continue reading 35. Unaccustomed As We Are (1929)

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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)