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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 unwavering… 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 '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)