Oliver inherits a fortune and hires Stan as his butler and proceeds to torment him. Stan finally rebels and goes on a rampage, destroying Oliver's fancy furnishings.

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Oliver inherits a fortune and hires Stan as his butler and proceeds to torment him. Stan finally rebels and goes on a rampage, destroying Oliver's fancy furnishings. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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6 October 1928 (USA)  »

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The first of only two Laurel and Hardy films to feature only Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the second was Brats (1930). See more »

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Disappointing

Compared to the other silents L&H made during this silent era, this one is disappointing. Having inherited his fortune and appointed Stan as his butler, Ollie comes home drunk one night and torments Stan in a manner that consists of unoriginal slapstick and chase sequences.

When Stan subsequently fails in his attempts to quit as Ollie's butler, he embarks on mindlessly destroying furniture and ornaments.

Whilst destruction and chaos were prominent in virtually all L&H films, it was not the destruction alone which made the audience laugh out loud, but the originality, the gags and the insane absurdity which led to that destruction that kept us in hysterics.

Unfortunately, "Early to Bed" lacks those qualities, and the script seems to indulge in destruction and vandalism for it's own sake. The only saving grace is perhaps the water fountain scene. Still, for L&H fans like you and me, it's worth watching, just for the record.


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