Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie (Cert 12) US/UK (2018) Dir. Jon S. Baird Hopefully, it shouldn’t need explaining that Stan and Ollie refers to comedy legends Laurel and Hardy, whose official pairing by producer Hal Roach in 1927 for a short film entitled Putting Pants On Philip began a 25 plus year career that made the entire … Continue reading Stan & Ollie

Safety Last!

Safety Last! US (1923) Dirs. Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor Yes, this is the film which features the iconic scene of Harold Lloyd hanging precariously from the hands of a broken clock fade some four storeys above ground level. But it needs reminding that this was just the climax to a comedy of errors … Continue reading Safety Last!

Swiss Miss

Swiss Miss US (1938) Dir. John G. Blystone One of the later efforts Laurel and Hardy made with Hal Roach, Swiss Miss proved to be something of a watershed moment for the boys and their relationship with the man who produced many of their greatest films. While creative tension can often produce great art this … Continue reading Swiss Miss

Pardon Us

Pardon Us US (1931) Dir. James Parrott This film marked for the first ever feature length outing for the most eximious of all the comedy duos, Laurel & Hardy. However while it is a prime slice of their legendary comic antics it lacks the grandeur and focus of their later feature films, making it something … Continue reading Pardon Us

Block-Heads

Block-Heads US (1938) Dir. John G. Blystone It’s 1917 and World War I is in progress. Just as a platoon of US troops are about to go over the top in France Private Laurel (Stan Laurel) is told to guard the trenches until relieved. Fast forward to 1938 and the war is long over but … Continue reading Block-Heads