“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1934 / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Lloyd French / Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Jack Barty ... / VHS Tape released 1999-10-18 at Vision Video Ltd. / Features of the VHS Tape: Black & White, PAL „
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Laurel And Hardy - The Laurel- Hardy Murder Case / Oliver The Eighth
Stan Laurel (June 16 1890 - February 23 1965).
Real name Arthur Stanley Jefferson.
Stan was born in Lancashire but toured with Charlie Chaplin and hence on one tour ended up in America. He had 'Arrived'
Oliver Hardy (January 18 1892 - August 7 1957).
Real name Norvell Hardy.
Ollie was born in Harlem, Georgia and his mother was apparently responsible for him going into theatre. Right from early childhood Ollie had a beautiful singing voice.
Soon the two would meet.
They first appeared together in a silent movie called 'Slipping Wives' in 1927.
The rest is history.
The Greatest comedy double acts EVER, FULL STOP.
The magnificent Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy star in this wonderfully funny comic fest of 2 films.
A brief synopsis and a short opinion of each and then a summary at the end will follow.
The Laurel and Hardy Murder Case
Starts with the boys as down and outs fishing off of the end of a pier, catching nothing and Ollie falling in several times!
Stan's uncle dies mysteriously and leaves Stan a small fortune all he has to do is stay alive in his uncles house whilst other relatives are dropping like flies, literally dropping backwards on a trick chair into a hole in the floor.
The police suspect everyone but as people start dying they begin to suspect the boys.
It all ends hilariously in their usual farcical way.
This is amongst one of their best films.
Made in 1930
Runtime: 30 minutes.
Oliver the Eighth
A superb comedy where the boys are not only falling over the other actors but end up falling out with each other, throw in a crazy widow and a cross eyed weird butler and it amounts to a great short film.
The boys see an ad from a widow who is looking for a hubby, she is loaded and the boys see a life on the gravy train for the rest of their lives.
They reply to the ad but Ollie only posts his own, Stan will not be happy.
The widow has a crazy fetish for marrying 'Oliver's' and then they seem to die.
The boys had better be on their toes when they get caught between the widow and the barmy butler.
Again, a great comedy with all the trade marks and all the hilarious slapstick.
Made in 1934
Runtime: 27 Minutes
Here we find their usual brand of 'Cartoon Humour' where no one actually gets hurt but it all looks very painful.
A wonderfully inventive and fun packed film. They employ every trick they have learned over their careers and put it to great use in this short film.
Its laurel and hardy at their best, funny and slow burning humour that builds and builds to a hilariously funny ending.
Lots of their prat falls, slaps and gags packed into this little gem of a film.
Various traits they would use would be to pick a fight with a 'stooge' or 'Neighbour' and then slowly escalate the fight. Each destroying something of the other persons and each time smashing something bigger and louder. Until finally it would end in either the police appearing or a huge brawl.
Such as ripping each others pants off or a huge chaotic cream pie fight.
Stan may appear at time to be getting picked on by Ollie but if Ollie took it too far Stan would snap and then Ollie had better look out.
Sound quality at times is a bit scratchy but to me that adds to the enjoyment.
Picture quality is along the same lines but non the less highly watchable.
Extras, non to speak.
Total Run Time: 57 minutes