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17. The Battle of the Century (1927)

It has to be said that 1927 was a pretty disastrous year for Laurel & Hardy. Why? I hear you wonder...well, five, yes FIVE of their films from this year were lost by the Hal Roach Studios.  Thankfully most of these films have since been recovered, thanks to the efforts and dedication of committed individuals,… Continue reading 17. The Battle of the Century (1927)

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16. Putting Pants on Philip (1927)

This is a masterclass from Oliver Hardy! Putting Pants on Philip is a great comedy. As well as being my opinion, this also appears to be the general consensus from film fans, but the stand-out from this film, for me, is just how good Ollie is in it. He never appears to be going after… Continue reading 16. Putting Pants on Philip (1927)

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9. Now I’ll Tell One (1927) [Partly Lost Film] – Supporting Roles Only

'Now I'll Tell One' is (or was) a long lost Charley Chase comedy, which was marketed on the film's poster as starring Stan Laurel. As such, Laurel & Hardy historians didn't pay it too much attention, until that is, in 1989 the second reel of the film was uncovered by Film Researcher Dave Wyatt. To everyone's… Continue reading 9. Now I’ll Tell One (1927) [Partly Lost Film] – Supporting Roles Only

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14. Call of the Cuckoo (1927)

Now, don't get too excited! Although the boys do appear in this film, it's not their film and their contribution, as wacky as it is, lasts only for a few minutes. The Hal Roach studio were very keen to push Laurel & Hardy, their 'new' comedy team, in front of the public as much as… Continue reading 14. Call of the Cuckoo (1927)

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8. Sailors Beware! (1927)

I really like 'Sailors Beware!' Yes, it has all the frustrations of the majority of the pre-team films, primarily to do with the boys being cast as opponents of sorts and not portraying the fully developed Stan and Ollie characters that we want them to. But, there are some very funny gags, a great cast with super… Continue reading 8. Sailors Beware! (1927)

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7. With Love and Hisses (1927)

Filmed March 14 to March 30, 1927                                                                                                 … Continue reading 7. With Love and Hisses (1927)

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6. Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)

Filmed January 31 to March 19, 1927                                                                                              Produced by… Continue reading 6. Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)

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5. Love ‘Em and Weep (1927)

One step forward and two steps back. That's how I can only describe the team's development when it comes to 'Love 'Em and Weep'. Ollie's action in this film is very limited indeed, with only about 45 seconds, or so, of screen time and hardly appearing in the same shot as Stan at all.  In… Continue reading 5. Love ‘Em and Weep (1927)

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4. Slipping Wives (1927)

I can't remember the last time I watched 'Slipping Wives', but for some reason, I wasn't really looking forward to revisiting this one. I needn't have worried - I actually really enjoyed it. Although Stan & Babe are not a 'team' in this film, when they are in scenes together, their on-screen chemistry is certainly… Continue reading 4. Slipping Wives (1927)

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3. Duck Soup (1927)

Now this is more like what we expect from a film starring Laurel & Hardy!  Widely thought of as the first "Laurel & Hardy" film, the story was based on a sketch entitled 'Home From the Honeymoon' written in 1905 by Stan's father, Arthur J. Jefferson. As well as a playwright, A.J. Jefferson was also… Continue reading 3. Duck Soup (1927)