In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable ... See full summary »
After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his ... See full summary »
On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in ... See full summary »
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Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame (Mae Busch) tries to blackmail him with a old photo ('just the same old apple-cheeked boy'). Stan's attempts to help Ollie keep the blackmailer ... See full summary »
It looks like the boys won't need to fish off the end of the pier to feed themselves any longer when Stanley's rich uncle Ebenezer Laurel dies, leaving a large estate. But when he and ... See full summary »
Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie give evidence which convicts vicious gangster Butch. They plan to leave town and advertise for a traveling companion to share expenses. Butch's girl replies to the advert and... See full summary »
Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh ... See full summary »
Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, ... See full summary »
Ordered out of town by angry Judge Beaumont, vagrants Stanley and Oliver meet a congenial drunk who invites them to stay at his luxurious mansion. The drunk can't find his key, but the boys... See full summary »
In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable woman. Their luck seems to turn when they find a wallet full of money, but are about to lose it to a thief when a passing policeman chases the thug off. The boys treat the officer to a meal, but when Stanley pulls out the wallet to pay, the cop recognizes it as his own. Rather than running them in as pickpockets, he pays his own tab and leaves Stanley and Oliver at the mercy of the gruff headwaiter. Written by
Paul Penna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Below Zero must have struck a poignant note with Depression audiences as it opens with Laurel and Hardy trying to earn some kind of living as street entertainers during the dead of winter. For too many people it was real.
And it was also real that these two had no outerwear of any kind. It was a great visual affect with both Stan and Ollie wearing their usual attire and Ollie looked especially ridiculous in a suit jacket that was way too small that he could barely button.
Anyway after they annoy some folks with their rendition of In The Good Old Summertime, a particularly inappropriate choice of music for the occasion their instruments get smashed. But as luck would have it they find a wallet with cash in it and decide to share their good fortune with a cop who chased away someone who tried to take the wallet from them.
After which the boys and the cop played by Frank Holliday decide to eat at Tiny Sandford's establishment which has a strict policy on deadbeats. During dinner Stan gets off a few remarks showing how unsophisticated he is in regard to fine dining to which Ollie properly asks, "where was you brung up?"
It all blows up in their faces and the boys do face the wrath of Sandford the proprietor. It ends with Stan thrown in a rain barrel of freezing water and when Ollie gets him out, let's just say the sight of Stan and how he avoided drowning is one of the best visual gags I've ever seen in a Laurel and Hardy film.
Below Zero is one of their best short subjects.
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