Laurel and Hardy's bid for a quiet evening of checkers and pool is constantly interrupted by their squabbling brats little Ollie and little Stanley.

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Stanley and Oliver are trying to spend a relaxing night at home playing checkers, but the antics of their mischievous sons keep interrupting their recreation. Exasperated, the fathers send their misbehaving offspring to bed and start in on a furniture-destroying game of billiards. Upstairs, the kids continue to cause a ruckus and leave the bathtub faucet running full force. Finally, Oliver asks if they'll go to sleep if he gives them each a drink of water, then heads for the bathroom door. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy remained at home to take care of the children -- Their wives had gone out to target practice.

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Comedy | Short | Family

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22 March 1930 (USA)  »

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Das Kind in der Wanne  »

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Trivia

Only the second Laurel and Hardy film in which just Laurel and Hardy appear. The first was Early to Bed (1928). See more »

Goofs

The moves in the checkers games don't make any sense. See more »

Quotes

Ollie Sr.: [singing softly] Go to sleep, my ba-a-a-by, my ba-a-a-by, my ba...
Stan Sr.: [interrupting loudly] MY BA-A-ABY!
[kids wake up with a shocked start]
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Connections

Version of Glückliche Kindheit (1931) See more »

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Go to Sleep, My Baby
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Sung by Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel
Traditional
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Very Creative
27 June 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

One of Laurel & Hardy's most creative short features, "Brats" has both comedians playing a dual role. Stanley and Oliver are baby-sitting for little Stanley and Little Oliver, played by themselves, with very imaginative use of over-sized props and settings. The adults try to play checkers and play pool, not always without comic difficulties, while meanwhile the children get into one problem after another, requiring occasional correction from the adults. This short feature has a lot of creative material, clever settings, good cross-cutting, and several very good laughs.

Any fan of these two great entertainers should find this movie to be very amusing.


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