Oliver Hardy

  • George Marshall – Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

    1931-1940ClassicsComedyGeorge MarshallUSA

    The boys’ Army buddy, Eddie Smith, is killed in the trenches in France, leaving his baby girl an orphan. Back home after Armistice, they try to find Eddie’s father and turn the child over to him. Unfortunately, they keep coming up with the wrong Smiths, and in the process disrupt a wedding by proclaiming the baby to be the groom’s child. To evade the Welfare Association, they try to skip town, raising money for their escape by hocking their lunch wagon. But they accidentally knock the bank president unconscious and wind up being hunted down for bank robbery.Read More »

  • James Parrott – The Hoose-Gow (1929)

    1921-1930ComedyJames ParrottUSA

    Stanley and Oliver protest that they were only bystanders to the raid, but are hauled off to a prison labor camp anyway. They procede with their usual mayhem, Stanley getting his pick stuck in Oliver’s coat, Oliver chopping down a tree which just happens to contain the guard lookout post. When the Governor’s party happens by, Oliver accidentally pokes a hole in his car’s radiator, then attempts to stop the leak by filling the radiator with rice. The result is melee with all involved throwing clumps of soggy rice at each other.Read More »

  • James Parrott – Perfect Day (1929)

    James Parrott1921-1930ComedyUSA

    Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car itself keeps acting up, requiring repeated exits and reboardings by the boys, their wives and grouchy, gout-ridden Uncle Edgar. A brick-throwing tiff with a neighbor threatens to escalate into general mayhem until the local parson strolls by. They finally manage to get underway, steering toward an innocent-looking mud puddle in the street.Read More »

  • James Parrott – They Go Boom! (1929)

    1921-1930ComedyJames ParrottUSA

    Stanley’s attempts to treat Oliver’s cold include dropping a swab down his friend’s throat, applying a mustard plaster to his rump, and inflating the air mattress from the gas jet until it has Oliver pressed against the ceiling.Read More »

  • James W. Horne – Big Business (1929)

    James W. Horne1921-1930Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtComedySilentUSA

    Brilliant farce propels two ineffectual Christmas tree salesmen (played by Laurel and Hardy) into a prolonged bout of savage destruction directed against a customer who refuses to buy. Mutual insults, tie snipping, and small violence escalate from controlled disturbance to surrealist cataclysm, in which the American Home is levelled once and for all.Read More »

  • George Marshall – Towed in a Hole (1932)

    George Marshall1931-1940ComedyShort FilmUSA

    Although they are successful fishmongers, Stan convinces Ollie that they should become fishermen too – but making a boat seaworthy is not an easy task.Read More »

  • James W. Horne – Bonnie Scotland (1935)

    1931-1940ClassicsComedyJames W. HorneUSA

    Stan and Ollie stowaway to Scotland expecting to inherit the MacLaurel estate. However Stan’s inheritance amounts to a set of bagpipes and a snuff box. The boys are tricked into enlisting in the army and are posted to India where the heiress to the MacLaurel estate has moved to be near her guardian. Her Scottish sweetheart Allan also enlists. The boys are “volunteered” by the Sergeant (Finlayson) to impersonate officers at the palace of Mir Jutra and foil a plot to murder the officers by overturning several beehives.Read More »

  • Gus Meins & Charley Rogers – Babes in Toyland AKA March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

    1931-1940Charley RogersComedyFantasyGus MeinsUSA

    Evil old Silas Barnaby threatens to evict Widow Peep, who lives in a shoe, unless she lets him marry her daughter Bo-Beep, who is in love with the dashing young Tom-Tom. Desperate for money to pay off her mortgage, Widow Peep asks her boarders Stan and Ollie for help. They try to get money from their employer, but are fired instead. Since there’s no way out, Ollie leads Bo-Peep to the altar. As soon as the marriage vows are pronounced, Ollie gets the deed to the shoe and rips it up. Beneath the bride’s veil, however, is not a blushing virgin but…Stan! Silas seeks revenge by banishing Tom-Tom to Bogeyland, but with the help of Stan, Ollie and a mouse, Tom-Tom and Bo-Peep are saved and the monsters of Bogeyland chased out of Toyland.Read More »

  • Jess Robbins – The Lucky Dog (1921)

    1921-1930ComedyJess RobbinsSilentUSA

    The Lucky Dog is the first film to include both members of the famous comedy duo of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, later known as Laurel and Hardy and is the first occasion that they worked together. Though they appear in scenes together, they play independent of each other and not as the comedic team that they would later become.Read More »

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