Friday, March 25, 2011

On Screen -- Laurel & Hardy, A Few Shorts

Busch, Ollie, Stan and Middleton
"The Fixer Uppers" (1935) - Stan and Oliver are a couple of greeting card salesmen who attempt to help a woman with her marital problems by trying to make her husband jealous.  The usual chaos ensues.  There's way too much to say about this comedy team, these guys are my favorites and they are as hilarious as always.  Charles Middleton plays the husband and Mae Busch the wife.

Stan, Busch, Hall and Ollie

"Them Thar Hills" (1934) - Stan and Oliver take a trip out to the country because of Olivers' gout.  They end up camping out by a well that moonshiners have dumped their liquor into. A stranded couple happen to stop at the campsite looking for gas and I don't think I need to tell you what happens next ...  Costarring in this short is frequent rival Charlie Hall and Mae Busch.

Ollie, Stan and Hall
"Tit for Tat" (1934) - This short is actually a sequel to "Them Thar Hills". When Stan and Ollie open up an electrical supply business they find out that their neighbors and store owners next door are none other than Charlie Hall and Mae Busch.  The shop owners feud escalates, and the laughs as well, as they exchange pranks and practical jokes.

The running time of these shorts is about 20 minutes each.

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