Oliver invites his friend Stanley over for a nice home-cooked meal, but Mrs. Hardy wants nothing to do with it and walks out. Mrs. Kennedy, Oliver's beautiful neighbor from across the hall,... See full summary »
Oliver invites his friend Stanley over for a nice home-cooked meal, but Mrs. Hardy wants nothing to do with it and walks out. Mrs. Kennedy, Oliver's beautiful neighbor from across the hall, volunteers to help out, but the boys' bumbling soon has her dress on fire. Her husband, a policeman, investigates the ruckus just as Oliver gets the now partially-unclad Mrs. Kennedy hidden in a trunk. Kennedy's boasting of how he handles his own womanizing backfires when his wife pops out of the trunk and blackens his eye. Meanwhile, Mrs. Hardy has returned and wonders what all the noise is coming from next door. Written by
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Being Laurel and Hardy's first sound film, it introduced two gags which used sound as a major element and became classics which would be re-used. The first involved Officer Kennedy (Edgar Kennedy) getting his comeuppance from his wife in the room across the hall (heard as a collection of off-screen yells and crashes). The second involved Stan Laurel tripping at the top of the stairs followed by the sound of him supposedly tumbling down the entire flight. See more »
Hardy's wife leaves him when he brings Laurel home for dinner. L&H's first talkie was also later remade as Block-Heads. This short is pretty funny, although the future film is certainly a lot better.
With Love and Hisses (1927)
*** (out of 4)
The Sergeant (Oliver Hardy) and Captain (James Finlayson) aren't happy with some dumbbell recruits (including Stan Laurel) so they are sent out with the Sergeant so that he can get them into shape. Very funny silent short is actually a Hal Roach "All-Star" show since L&H weren't a group yet. There's plenty of laughs including the segment where the men go skinny dipping.
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