The first thing to say about ‘Why Girls Love Sailors’, is that we should feel very lucky to have it. It was considered a lost film until some time in the 1970s, when it was discovered in a French collection, and even then it only became available for wider viewing over a decade later. To … Continue reading 6. Why Girls Love Sailors (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)
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)
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)
After ‘The Lucky Dog’ (1921), it was another five years before the boys would appear in front of the cameras together, or in the same film at least. By 1925 both Stan and Babe were contracted individually to the Hal Roach Studios. Babe was still appearing in various guises in front of the camera, while … Continue reading 2. 45 Minutes From Hollywood (1926)
By 1921 both Stan Laurel and Oliver (Babe) Hardy had a string of solo films behind them, released by various movie studios. Babe was in supporting roles, usually cast as a villain (or 'Heavy') and Stan was the headliner of his own series of comedies, trying to carve out a career as a leading star, … Continue reading 1. The Lucky Dog (1921)
Welcome to The Laurel & Hardy Blog. This is a place to share your thoughts, ideas and love for the boys and their work. Please feel free to join in the discussion. "Well, now that our troubles are over, where do we go from here...?" The recent successful release of the dramatised biopic by director … Continue reading There’s everything from soup to nuts folks; Come and get it!